Morley station could still be upgraded

Morley Railway Station.
Morley Railway Station.

Disabled access may yet become a reality at Morley Station after proposals to upgrade facilities were put forward by transport chiefs.

Morley was overlooked for government funding earlier this month when a £60m pot to improve accessibility to platforms was shared between 26 stations.

However, public investment into transport links between Leeds and Manchester, including a cash boost from the West Yorkshire Transport Fund, has resulted in plans to improve the access issue to the Huddersfield/Manchester platform. The proposals would also see extra car parking space built on Valley Road as well as updated CCTV security.

Coun Robert Finnigan said: “We have been campaigning for many years to get car parking and disabled access improvement at Morley Station. We believe there are sites on Valley Road which could accommodate a car park. This would enable more local residents to take the train into Leeds leaving the roads less congested and improving public transport user rates.”

The plans have been run through a viability study, which has concluded that the improvements would be cost-effective. With central government’s focus on improving the economy of the so-called northern hub between Leeds and Manchester, Morley is set to benefit from increasing investment in the area. The rail upgrades package is expected to produce electrification of train routes between the two cities and an increased number of services to and from Morley.