The historic canopy at the Knaresborough station has seen vital repair works completed, restoring the 132-year-old structure, and futureproofing it for generations to come.
Network Rail successfully conducted this restoration project on the Grade II* list canopy, whilst also delivering a complete renewal and redecoration that includes a fresh lick of paint in the traditional white and green colours.
Before this refurbishment work began, the structure saw temporary scaffolding erected to support the station canopy, thus protecting passengers and the local community from any potentially hazardous conditions.
With the works now complete, the structure shares the aesthetic of the platform canopies, which were also restored to their former glory in 2016. The scaffolding has since been safely removed, ensuring people can enjoy the aesthetic of their heritage station once more.
Andrew Jones, Member of Parliament for Harrogate, and Knaresborough, said:
"This is great work from Network Rail and is part of a greater programme of investment in our stations and railways. It is also an investment in our heritage as this is a Grade 2 listed structure.
“The Network Rail team were really responsive when the Friends of Knaresborough Station approached me wanting the work completed quickly. They prioritised it and now we have a fantastic looking station with brilliant businesses on the platform to go with more and better rail services."
Knaresborough station was also awarded the Urban Heritage award at the National Heritage Awards last year, signifying its importance to the local area and why such care was needed to perform the regenerative works. The station has received other major improvements recent years, seeing a £150,000 upgrade to the station roof in 2019
Robert Ellams, Route Engineer for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said:
“The revamped entrance has made a real difference to the station, giving it a vital upgrade whilst retaining its historic look. The crucial repair work will not only improve passenger experience, but it will also help to protect the Grade II listed building for future generations.
“I’d like to thank passengers, our partners and the community for their patience and hope they continue to enjoy the station’s connections to York, Harrogate and Leeds for years to come.”
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