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Work stops at Huddersfield Railway Station as masonry falls from subway roof

Workmen improving customer waiting facilities

Work on a new waiting room at Huddersfield Railway Station has come to a dramatic halt after a piece of masonry fell from the subway roof.

The masonry fell into the main subway that hundreds of passengers use every day to cross from the station entrance to platforms 4 to 8.

A TransPennine Express spokesman said: “We can confirm that a small piece of masonry fell from the subway roof at Huddersfield station.

“Investment work is taking place above the subway to improve customer waiting facilities and some old masonry became dislodged.

“As soon as the incident occurred the station team immediately initiated a full stoppage of work on site, cordoned off the affected area and followed our injury prevention procedures.

“No one was hurt by the incident and a review of the CCTV footage shows no individual was at risk.

“The ongoing works have been fully reviewed and deemed safe to continue. The subway is structurally sound and safe.”

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The plans to create the new waiting room were unveiled in May last year.

The rail company applied for planning consent for new waiting area to “meet passenger expectation and needs”.

Train leaving Huddersfield railway station.

A spokesman said: “Though the station has canopies, it is windswept and cold at times, with rain being blown into the platform areas. As a result covered and enclosed waiting facilities are required for passenger comfort.

“Many of the platforms are remote from the existing waiting facilities, which in any case need to be locked at night.

“The short waiting intervals of trains in the station, the remoteness of some platforms, and the need to provide closer access to trains, particularly for the less mobile requires that additional waiting facilities are provided on the platforms.”



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