CIVIC SOCIETY NEWS
CIVIC SOCIETY NEWS
Huddersfield Unlimited and Huddersfield Civic Society have voiced concerns about the temporary railway station needed when major renovation work is carried out at the main station in Huddersfield town centre.
The work is part of the mammoth £1.56bn four-year revamp of the line between Huddersfield and Dewsbury.
Huddersfield Railway Station will be shut for two 32-day periods in 2024 and 2025.
Here is the letter that HCS members Chas Ball and Geoff Hughes helped write sent to Network Rail, Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and local MPs by Huddersfield Unlimited.
Huddersfield Unlimited is an organisation that champions Huddersfield, its businesses, investors and diverse communities.
Here is the letter in full.
As a business-led organisation championing the interests of the Huddersfield area and acting on behalf of a number of other organisations and residents of Huddersfield we would like to offer some comments on the plan for a temporary location for Huddersfield Railway Station during the TRU works from March to April 2024 and April to May 2025.
Recent news coverage highlights that during the two periods when the normal station location will be closed, a temporary facility will be made available on the former Hillhouses Yard in Alder Street, Huddersfield. During this time, and any other periods of disruption, there will be a need for alternative transport arrangements and there will be a linking bus service provided.
We offer the following comments and request that these points are taken into account when defining the detail of the service, well ahead of the required dates.
Facilities that need to be provided at the temporary location:
Bus operator issues:
While making the above comments we recognise there are constraints on public resources when it comes to designing and delivering these schemes, especially temporary ones. However, the provision of a quality service during these and any other necessary periods of disruption will show the commitment to the future provision of a continuing quality integrated transport service. The organisations we work alongside in Huddersfield are committed to supporting the planning and delivery of effective arrangements that benefit the traveling public and the economy, as well as the social and cultural life of the town.
Our objective here is to obtain a better service for Huddersfield during the periods of disruption around the railway station. If we can help facilitate this through constructive engagement with Network Rail or any of the other relevant organisations we will do all we can to assist and communicate the outcome accordingly. Therefore, we offer to facilitate a meeting between the appropriate parties allowing for meaningful debate to take place with the aim of delivering a service which matches the needs of the people of Huddersfield and the wider region during the affected periods.
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