PHONE boxes are meant to be reaching the end of the line – but not in Huddersfield town centre.

British Telecom are replacing and modernising seven phone boxes in the town centre.

It comes after the increased use of mobile phones and a decrease in the use of public telephones nationally.

The work is being done as part of a scheme to update the public phone system in the UK.

Later in the year BT will make a decision about whether to cut more public telephone services.

A spokeswoman for BT said: “We are looking to swap the kiosks for a newer model.

“Mobile phone ownership has had a dramatic effect on pay phone usage.

“We are currently undertaking a phone box rationalisation programme to remove a percentage of unprofitable kiosks from the pay phone estate.

“But the rest of the pay phone estate continues to be run business as usual which includes general maintenance and updates where possible, as in this case.”

Applications have been submitted to Kirklees Council for replacement phone boxes in the town centre.

If approved, the phone boxes on Dundas Street, adjacent to the bus station, and on Cloth Hall Street, near to the Bradford and Bingley, will be replaced.

Other locations on Market Place and three along New Street, which would include two within a conservation area, will be updated.

BT also want to install a new phone box at St George’s Square, which is currently being transformed as part of a multi-million regeneration of the square.

BT manages almost 62,000 public telephones in the UK and operate 1,651 in West Yorkshire.

Since 2002 they have removed around 31,000 kiosks as around 10% had just one call made per month.

Usage has halved in the past two years, making 60% of them unprofitable.

They predict that usage will decline by 20% each year, leaving their future uncertain.