Penistone Line Partnership
Honley Railway Station,
c/o Penistone Line Partnership,
Unit 4, Rear 11 Church Street,
Opening TimesMon: 8am - 6pm
Tues: 8am - 6pm
Weds: 8am - 6pm
Thurs: 8am - 6pm
Fri: 8am - 6pm
All Aboard for Community Partnership
A partnership approach to the Penistone Line is on track for an exciting boost, thanks to the recent announcement of £48 million in funding as part of the Government’s Levelling Up agenda.
This significant investment is dedicated to upgrading the Penistone line from Huddersfield to Sheffield, bringing about vital improvements to track and station infrastructure.
Penistone Line Partnership, a volunteer-led organisation committed to engaging with local communities, is poised to play a crucial role in the success of this venture. This substantial funding is part of the broader Network North programme of rail investments, further solidifying a commitment to economic development and improved connectivity.
A Journey of Collaboration
As a not-for-profit organisation, Penistone Line Partnership has been a driving force behind the enhancement of local railway stations, including the much anticipated improvements at Honley. The recent announcement aligns seamlessly with the partnership’s mission of increasing tourism and passenger numbers, supporting economic development, promoting diversity and inclusion, and encouraging sustainable travel options.
Connecting Communities: Sarah’s Commitment
Funded by Northern Trains Ltd, the Penistone Line Partnership employs a Community Rail Officer, Sarah Wells.
With a keen focus on securing better access for all, particularly for wheelchair users and those with mobility impairments, Sarah’s responsibilities include fundraising, stakeholder engagement, project management, marketing, and supporting guided walk leaders and volunteers.
She embraces her job ‘one stop at a time’. From organising ‘Try the Train’ workshops to funded ‘Feel-Good’ days out for members of local support groups or vulnerable people, her activities are great for community involvement and wellbeing.
What’s New? Levelling Up Enhancements
It is hoped the announced funds will facilitate the development of ‘Mobility Hubs’ at several stations. These hubs will boast enhanced station facilities, including plans for electric vehicle charging points, parcel delivery lockers, a car club and bike hire, benefitting not only rail users but the broader community. Additionally, plans for improved accessibility at all stations, including Honley, will ensure that everyone can enjoy the enhanced services.
Plans are afoot to install fibre broadband alongside the railway. This will not only improve onboard connectivity for passengers but will also open avenues for high-speed broadband services for villages.
The scheme’s positive impact on train performance, safety, and overall journey experience aligns seamlessly with the Penistone Line Partnership’s commitment to community well-being.
Station Adoption: Your Opportunity to Make a Difference
The levelling-up investment presents an opportune moment for the community to get involved. Ongoing efforts to adopt and enhance local railway stations, including the currently unadopted Honley Railway Station, will be further supported by these newfound funds.
Sarah said the initiative not only contributes to a more welcoming station environment but also provides opportunities for individuals and organisations to positively impact their local community.
“Our local train stations integrate our communities, taking passengers through beautiful scenery near heritage attractions and urban hubs, bringing people together. This investment will help us to ensure our stations are clean, friendly and available for everyone to use.”
Rails of Hope for Community Engagement
Sarah continues to deliver a range of projects and activities on the train and at stations along the Penistone Line. She also partners with schools and care/support groups to encourage train use, with special trips funded by Northern.
She works with schools, colleges, scout and guide groups, and will happily use her artistry to engage youngsters through fun and educational activities on trains.
Part of Sarah’s role includes working with rail and industry partners to deliver rail safety on anti-trespass messages to pupils at all key stages, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career sessions and projects.
If you feel you can help to improve Honley Railway Station, then have a chat with Sarah. Her enthusiasm for supporting local communities is sure to keep us all on the right track.
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