This scene taken on a sunny morning in May 2012 already belongs to the history books as the platform was raised and re-surfaced, and the mechanical signal scrapped, in summer 2013.
The previous operators - Northern Rail - did a great job improving trains and facilities despite only being contracted to provide a "stand-still" (no growth) service. With Arriva we are entering an expansive new area of new trains, upgraded services and stations, and yes we even have a date (2019) for scrapping of the uncomfortable "Pacer" trains.
FoWS are delighted to have been honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) in recognition of our members’ efforts to improve the station facilities and services.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
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