'Better Stations' project gathers pace

'Better Stations' project

1:24pm 8th August 2017

Three railway stations on the Harrogate to York line are set to get a makeover.

Cattal, Hammerton and Poppleton will have their facilities improved as part of Northern's 'Better Stations' project.

At Cattal, a new waiting shelter, customer information screen and upgraded CCTV will be installed.

Hammerton will get a new waiting shelter, refurbished shelter, refurbished waiting room, help point, upgraded CCTV, ticket vending machines and improved signage.

Poppleton will have a new waiting shelter and upgraded CCTV.

It follows a trial period, in which four stations elsewhere on the network were equipped with new facilities for customers to test.

Paul Barnfield, Regional Director at Northern, said: "We had a good response to the trial stations and I'm delighted to be able to say that the modernisation of our stations is now fully under way.

"This will be a three-year process which will see the majority of our stations given a new lease of life - with improved accessibility and facilities to compliment the other work we are doing to modernise the Northern network.

"These are early days for the Better Stations project, but during the coming weeks and months, our customers will begin to see changes right across the network.

"Our new facilities, designed specifically for Northern, will create a more modern and welcoming feel as we begin the process of developing Northern as a network fit for the 21st century.

"I'd like to thank everyone who got involved with the initial trial, in May and June, and encourage as many people as possible to get out onto the network to see our modernisation programme in action."

'Better Stations' is a key part of Northern's commitment to modernising the network.

It has already started to roll out our refurbished trains and the remainder of the fleet will go through this process during the next 18 months.

The operator is also committed to bringing 98 new, purpose-built trains to the network by 2020, as well as removing all Pacer trains.

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