REGULAR rail passengers between Barnsley and Huddersfield will soon see improvements to stations with work starting later this month.

Network Rail, TransPennine Express and Northern are working together to extend the platforms at seven stations on the Penistone line with work starting at Huddersfield Station on Wednesday November 20.

Platform two will be extended by five metres, and once completed it will provide a better experience for passengers, allowing new, longer trains with more seats to call there. A compound will be installed near Huddersfield Station on Monday to allow this work to take place.

The majority of this work will take place without disrupting services, but a key part of it will be completed between Christmas Day and Friday December 27. Network Rail says it carries out lots of engineering work during this time to minimise disruption to passengers as fewer people travel. Passengers are encouraged to check on National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator before travelling.

Network Rail is working closely with TransPennine Express and Northern to minimise any disruption for passengers and residents who live near the railway.

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Matt Rice, route director for Network Rail in the North and East, said: “Extending platform two at Huddersfield means that longer trains can serve passengers on the Penistone Line, meaning more seats and a more comfortable journey.

“The improvement at Huddersfield is one of many on this line and while there may be some short term changes at these stations while the work takes place, the benefits that will come from longer trains will be worth it.”