Latest stage of project to improve access at West Yorkshire railway stations begins next week.(Network Rail)

Latest stage of project to improve access at West Yorkshire railway stations begins next week

Headingley.(Network Rail Image)

Network Rail will begin work to improve accessibility at Headingley railway station on Monday, 8 October as part of the Great North Rail Project.

 The project is being carried out by Network Rail, Northern and the Department for Transport.

This vital upgrade will see two new lifts installed which will create an accessible route from the station entrance to the platforms. Work will also take place to install a new CCTV system, lights, way finding signs and to update the PA system.

This project follows on from a similar upgrade to improve accessibility at Hebden Bridge railway station, which began in August.

Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said:

“This is the latest upgrade to improve accessibility at railway stations in West Yorkshire.

“The project will improve passenger experience and make moving around the station and using train services much easier for those with additional access needs.

“We are working closely with both Northern and the Department for Transport on this project and we look forward to passengers reaping the benefits.”

Paul Barnfield, Northern’s Regional Manager, said:

“The work at Headingley will provide significant improvements for our customers and is just part of the modernisation we are carrying out at more than 400 stations across the north of England.

“We’re pleased to be working in partnership with Network Rail and the DfT to deliver these and other benefits for rail users.”

The project will complete in April, 2019 and is part of the Access for All Programme, which is delivered by Network Rail and funded by the Department for Transport. As a result of investment through this programme, more than 75% of rail journeys will be through step-free stations by 2019.

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