The work, which is part of our multi-billion-pound railway programme, will see the waiting rooms and toilet area, previously referred to as the old tearoom, removed.
Whilst these upgrades are required, preserving the rich heritage of this Grade I-listed station is vital. To enable this, engineers will carefully dismantle the waiting room, before taking it off site to be stored. It will later be reinstated as part of the new platforms 3 and 4 layout.
Whilst the waiting room area is out of use, a temporary toilet block will be installed at the Manchester end of platform 4. These toilet facilities will include a fully accessible toilet, with baby changing facilities.
Paul Sumner, Senior Sponsor on the Transpennine Route Upgrade said:
“Huddersfield Station is an iconic building and an intrinsic part of West Yorkshire heritage, so whilst this series of improvements are necessary, the restoration and retention of its historic features is of paramount importance.
“That’s why – after an extensive in-depth planning process – the Transpennine Route Upgrade will bring the station up to modern standards in terms of functionality, without harming it’s cultural and traditional significance.”
From early January, engineers will start the restoration of the existing trainshed roof, which is one of only a few remaining ‘Euston roof’ examples on the operational railway today. During this time, the long stay car park will be closed to allow a site compound to be installed.
Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director for TransPennine Express, said:
“Huddersfield station will undergo major changes over the next few years, which will enable, faster and more frequent trains to call there and provide better facilities for the millions of passengers who use the station every year.
“We would like to thank our customers in advance for their understanding and patience as we work together with colleagues from Network Rail to transform Huddersfield into a station fit for the 21st century”.
The upcoming station improvement work is part of a wider, more long-term goal of transforming Huddersfield Station with a new layout, longer platforms, a new footbridge and a refurbished roof structure, with restored lantern.
Over three million passengers travelled through Huddersfield Station last year, with that number set to steadily increase. The upgrades at Huddersfield Station will take the Transpennine Route Upgrade one step closer to their vision of creating a cleaner, greener, and more reliable railway system that will bring improved connectivity and travel experiences to passengers travelling across the Pennines.
From late November 2023, the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) will be carrying out work on the waiting room at Huddersfield station, as part of its station upgrade plans. This work will involve installing hoardings around the area and carefully dismantling the structure, with the materials stored for re-instatement at a later date.
From early 2024, TRU will commence preparation work that will enable the station’s trainshed roof to be refurbished. The trainshed roof is one of the few remaining large-scale ‘Euston roof’ examples on the operational railway network today. The TRU project will occupy the long stay car park to set up a site compound. Scaffold towers will be installed along platforms 1 and 4, allowing a work platform to be erected. The work will consist of grit blasting, painting and re-roofing.