Thursday 6 Feb 2020
Network Rail begins improvement work at two stations on the Penistone line this weekend
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Network Rail is working with Northern to extend platform one at Denby Dale and platform one at Lockwood station, as part of an ongoing project to improve seven stations on the Penistone line.
Work will begin on Saturday, 8 February to lengthen platform one at Denby Dale station. This will bring benefits to passengers as it will allow longer trains with more seats to call there.
Whilst the work at Denby Dale is carried out, the station car park will be closed to make space for a small compound on the site. During this time, one disabled parking space will be available for blue badge holders to use. This work is expected to be completed by Sunday, 15 March, and the car park will reopen one week later, on Sunday, 22 March, once the compound has been removed.
Network Rail engineers will also start work to lengthen platform one at Lockwood station on Saturday, 8 February. The work at Lockwood and at Denby Dale will not impact on train services, and Network Rail is working closely with Northern to minimise any disruption for passengers and residents who live near the railway.
Progress has been made on the project to extend seven stations on the Penistone line, with work being completed at Berry Brow station this month. Network Rail, TransPennine Express and Northern also completed a vital upgrade to extend platform two at Huddersfield station in December. Work is ongoing at Brockholes, Shepley and Honley stations.
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail, said: “It’s great to see progress being made on the upgrades at seven stations on the Penistone line.
“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that the closure of the car park at Denby Dale station causes. This work will mean passengers will benefit from modern, longer trains with more seats.
“We thank passengers and people who live near the railway for their patience whilst these improvements are carried out.”
Steve Hopkinson, Regional Director at Northern, said: “The longer platforms – which have been in the pipeline for sometime – will enable us to run longer, better trains and, ultimately, give our customers on the Penistone Line a better service.
“We’re working closely with Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum during the works, but I am calling on customers to bear with us while this vital work is carried out.”
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