Makeover on historic Edgerton Road tram shelter begins

New lease of life for 118-year-old tram shelter

Work begins to dismantle and refurbish old tram shelter, Edgerton Road, Edgerton. Paul Sutcliffe (foreground) and Liam Walsh of contractors Stephen Metcalf Ltd of Accrington

A Huddersfield landmark is vanishing - but will return.

Workmen have dismantled the Victorian tram shelter which has been a feature in Edgerton for more than a century.

The wooden structure is to undergo a massive renovation and will be returned in June - just in time for the Tour de France.

Metro, the West Yorkshire transport group, has commissioned the makeover for the shelter which dates back to 1896.

It is one of the few surviving tram shelters in the country and is Grade 2 listed. It is still used by bus passengers.

All the work has been agreed with Kirklees Council and English Heritage specialist joiner Stephen Metcalfe Ltd are to do the work.

The bus stop will remain at the site but the shelter will be repaired in workshops.

Metro spokesman Clr Eric Firth said: “Well known by residents in Edgerton, the shelter is a piece of local history. And while Metro is continually looking to the future with projects such as the MCard smartcards, online services and social media, I am delighted as a result of the tireless efforts of Metro, Huddersfield Civic Society and local councillors we have been able to preserve this element of West Yorkshire’s transport heritage”.

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