Train users have renewed their calls for urgent improvements to Honley railway station.

There have been problems at the station in recent times, including a child being so close to the line he had his rucksack hit by a passing train last year.

There is little room on the narrow platform, especially when large numbers of passengers are waiting.

A meeting of the Huddersfield Penistone and Sheffield Rail Users Association heard that a number of pupils from Honley High School catch trains home at the end of each school day and one afternoon a train hit the rucksack on a boy’s back.

The boy wasn’t seriously hurt, but the train driver initially feared the pupil may have been dragged under the train.

Honley station.

With pupils waiting for up to 40 minutes for a train each day it has led to increased fears for their safety.

Some seating and a grit bin have been moved from the platform which has created more space for passengers.

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The rail users association has long been calling for improvements to the station and is hoping the area can be redesigned.

Chairman Peter Marshall said: “The station is probably the poorest station on the Penistone line in terms of accessibility and comfort for passengers.

“The old stairwell and very narrow platform don’t make it a nice station for people to wait, particularly in the colder months.

“We would like to see quite a radical change to the whole area.

“As part of it we would like to see a park and ride facility built in the area. That would also get rid of the problem of parking on the street nearby which can be irritating for residents.

“Honley is a very central location in terms of the Holme Valley and the rewards would be that far more people would use the train.”

No-one from Honley High School was available to comment.

Northern Rail says it is working with local groups, including Holmfirth Rotary Club, to look at new opportunities at the station.

A spokesperson said: “Customer safety is always a priority for us and we will continue to work with the local community to ensure Honley stays a safe environment for all.

“We are currently working together with the local rotary club and our colleagues at Network Rail to investigate any new opportunities for the station.”