An attempt to give a brief account of a very long saga. The building was closed to the public in the 1980s and became derelict. Several years ago, the Station Partnership started discussing the future of the building with the owners, Network Rail. In recognition of the community work the Partnership members have done in the last 12 years, the new Northern franchise specifically requires that Mytholmroyd Station Building be restored for social use. Work has now started on the renovation of the building to what it was when it closed over 30 years ago – Network Rail are presently working on the walls, floors etc. The Railway Heritage Trust will then restore the historic artefacts. The Arriva North will furnish the building to their operational requirements and (hopefully) allocate accommodation for community use. Hundreds of ideas and hours of discussion have taken place between the Partnership, the railways and the local community. A Station Building, Mytholmroyd charity (1174609) was formed last September and commissioned a Feasibility Study sponsored by Northern, Hebden Royd Town Council and the Architectural Heritage Fund to research possible uses. The consultants presented their Report to a public meeting in February 2018. Like all big projects associated with large corporations, the Station Building proposals are constantly evolving. During the coming week for instance, Station Partnership members have arranged a meeting of the railway educational development team and the Heads and officials from our local schools. The initial idea is for the Station Building to become the railway educational centre for West Yorkshire area. We also have the possibility of local history archives and exhibition spaces in conjunction with a walking/cycling information hub. These are just a few of the ideas. The Station Building Trustees consider any suggestions but have to be aware – 1. It is an operational railway station – subject to safety and railway bye-laws. 2. No new activity should jeopardize existing local business/activities. 3. New ventures within the building will have to be viable without relying on annual grants/subsidies. The Station Building trustees hold public meetings when there are new developments and welcome suggestions and practical assistance with this massive project which will benefit the local community. Details of the project can be found on https://mytholmroydstation.wordpress.com/ Email address is communityhub.myt@btinternet.com

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