Seating at Knaresborough railway station gives cause for concern

New seating at Knaresborough railway station.

04 February 2009
NEW seats have been installed at Knaresborough railway station but not everyone's happy!
The bright blue and yellow metal seats placed on the two platforms are out of keeping with the traditional aspect of the station say locals.

Doris Hayton who looks after the station as part of the Knaresborough in Bloom team said: "They're horrible and just don't fit in with the station at all. They've just been installed but I don't know who by."

Town councillors also expressed concern at a recent full council meeting.

Coun Lynne Lever said: "These seats are so unsightly. The arms are bright yellow. At first I thought it was maybe an undercoat and they'd be painted over but it would seem not."

Meanwhile, Coun Andrew Willoughby understood the seats to be a corporate design, probably installed in all railway stations regardless of location.

However, fears have been allayed after the Knaresborough Post contacted Northern Rail who installed the seats for their response.

Carolyn Watson, Media Relations Manager for Communications at Northern Rail explained: "The new seating at Knaresborough Station, which will ultimately be in heritage colours, has been installed as part of a £36,000 scheme funded by the Department for Transport and Northern Rail to improve the station environment for disabled customers.

"Other works include the provision of disabled parking spaces, resurfacing of steps with tactile edging, new handrails and improved signage."

Work started last month at the station and is expected to be completed by the end of February.

Knaresborough Post