Network Rail is working with Northern to extend the platform at Honley station and both platforms at Shepley station in the new year. This will mean longer trains with more seats can call at both places, providing a better experience for passengers on the Penistone line.

Work starts on Saturday, 4 January to lengthen platforms 1 and 2 at Shepley station and is expected to be completed by Wednesday, 26 February. Work to extend the platform at Honley station will begin on Monday, 6 January and is expected to be completed by Tuesday, 31 March.

None of this work will impact on train services, and Network Rail is working closely with Northern to minimise any disruption for passengers and residents who live near the railway. The upgrades are part of a wider project to extend more than 100 platforms at over 70 stations across the North of England.

Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail, said: “This work to extend the platforms at Shepley and Honley means passengers will benefit from modern trains with increased capacity.

“We are working closely with Northern as we extend seven stations on the Penistone line. I would like to thank people for their patience, and we will make every effort to minimise the noise whilst this work is carried out.”

Anna Weeks, Regional Director at Northern, said: “The work being carried out by Network Rail will allow us to run better, longer trains for our customers – giving them an improved journey experience.

“We are working with Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum and I’d like to also give my thanks to our customers for their understanding while the work takes place.”

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