Next step for Hebden Bridge Station Friends

The Friends are aiming to make Hebden Bridge Station step-free
The Friends are aiming to make Hebden Bridge Station step-free

The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station have been very busy recently with a new lecture series, looking for volunteers and making the station accessible to all visitors.

Last week the group held the first in a series of lectures on railway topics in Hope Baptist chapel.

For the inaugural talk, railway enthusiast Peter Jeffrey, gave a talk entitled ‘The Trials and Tribulations of the Railway Pioneers’.

The lecture discussed a number of topics including the early difficulties faced by Richard Trevithick and Brunel’s ‘Battle of the Gauges’.

The group continue to make the station welcoming to all who visit and are looking for volunteers to help them do this such as plant bulbs and paint the station bike lockers.

As well as environmental work, the Friends are currently working with the railway organisations on plans for extending the car park and for making the station fully accessible.

Contractors are now on site and preliminary work on the lifts has been completed.

A full Rail Heritage report will be carried out and the best options for the conservation of the machinery considered.

Plans for all the work necessary to make Hebden Bridge station fully step-free under the Access for All programme are expected to take another step forward next year.

The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station said: “It is encouraging that work on making Hebden Bridge station fully accessible has now started.

“It has to be handled sensitively as our station is Grade II Listed and a much loved part of the town.

“The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station are liaising closely with Network Rail to ensure that the work is done sensitively whilst making our station fit for the 21st century.”