Plans have been revealed to install new ticket gates and open an extra doorway in the entrance to Huddersfield Railway Station.
The station, the second busiest in West Yorkshire, is already crowded at peak times particularly when sporting or other events are taking place in the town.
There are major plans to upgrade the TransPennine rail line and now Kirklees Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority want to improve access to and from the station – and speed up access to the platforms.
The Combined Authority has launched public consultation on station entrance improvements as part of a project called Huddersfield Rail Station Connections, a scheme funded by the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund.
The scheme is aimed at improving access to public transport, cycling and walking while reducing car journeys.
The station improvements will mean extending the Automatic Ticket Gate line by adding five standard gates and one wide-aisle ticket gate and creating a fourth doorway between the entrance hall and Platform 1.
The new gates will replace existing glass barriers between the publicly accessible parts of the station building and the station proper, which is only accessible with a valid rail ticket.
The fourth door will open up a doorway which has been closed for many years, and will match the three existing automated glass doors between Platform 1 and the entrance hall.
Kirklees Council is now asking for views on plans to improve connections between the station and the rest of the town centre.
The scheme will complement longer-term plans to boost rail services in Huddersfield by improving access for people travelling across the town and to the train and bus stations.
Clr Peter McBride, Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The town is in the middle of an ambitious period of investment and regeneration that has already seen major successes.
“The changes we are proposing will help encourage more walking, cycling, bus and rail travel. These sustainable modes of travel are not only key to us addressing the climate emergency but instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Kirklees.
“The scheme will also help to prepare the town centre for the upcoming TransPennine Route Upgrade which is in the best interests of us all.
“Improved travel from Kirklees and into the North of England is essential for our economic future.”
To find out more information and to have your say visit www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/hudds-access.
The public consultation runs until November 8.