Improvements to be made to West Yorkshire stations

Improvements to be made to West Yorkshire stations

A series of improvements are set to be made to five West Yorkshire railway stations as part of the Great North Rail Project.

Network Rail will begin work in December to extend the platforms at Featherstone, Pontefract Monkhill, Knottingley, Pontefract Tanshelf and Streethouse to accommodate newer and longer trains which will call at the stations.

The work forms part of the Great North Rail Project, comprising a multibillion-pound package of improvements for customers across the north of England.

Rob McIntosh, route managing director at Network Rail, said: "Over the next two weeks work begins at five railway stations in the Pontefract area and we would like to thank passengers for their patience whilst this takes place.

"The platform extensions will ensure we can continue to provide a railway which meets the needs of the communities and economies we serve in years to come. We look forward to passengers reaping the benefits of more spacious, more frequent and longer trains which will provide more people with opportunities to travel."

The majority of the work will be carried out overnight, but there will be some disruption to services on 20 January, 27 January and 3 February 2019.