The huge local investment made by Hull Trains was welcomed by a host of stakeholders who had gathered to see the outcome of months of redevelopment work.
Platform levels have been raised to reduce the stepping distance on and off passenger services and tactile paving has been installed which alerts passengers, particularly those with vision impairments, to their distance from the platform edge. The works, made possible through the Hull Trains’ £3m Passenger Infrastructure Improvements Fund, also a saw a new non-slip surface put in, better drainage and white and yellow safety lining painted on the platforms.
David Davis was invited to launch a new future for the station, and said: “Howden is my local station and I’m delighted to be unveiling the new platform, using this platform myself I can instantly see the difference to how it looked before and the ease in accessibility for passengers, it’s a fabulous improvement.”
“I have a disabled grandchild myself and one thing I’ve noticed recently is the hugely positive difference in how this country treats and accommodates disabled people. These platforms will make a huge difference to the passengers of Howden and will be a really well-received investment from the local operator.”
Hull Trains worked in close partnership with station operator Northern, as well as Network Rail and TransPennine Express, to make sure that disruption was kept to a minimum while the platform redevelopment works were completed.
Terry French, Chair of Selby and District Rail User Group, said the improvements would bring many benefits to local passengers, adding: “It is vital that our local train services are fully accessible for all passengers, so we welcome this investment. It’s great to see stations along the route like Howden getting a bit of an uplift. Just getting off the train today the benefits are already so noticeable.”
Managing Director of Hull Trains, Martijn Gilbert, added: “Improving accessibility at Howden is part of an ongoing investment in our services at Hull Trains, and follows the introduction of a brand-new train fleet and increase in services in recent years.
“We’ve already had some really positive feedback from customers about the improvements, the project is an important part of us continuing to provide reliable, affordable and low-carbon train services that are easy for everyone to access along our route.