WORK to bridge the gap between the platform and trains at Whaley Bridge station is finally being addressed.
The issue has been highlighted over the years by the Town Council and by the Friends of Whaley Bridge Station.
Councillor Ann Winter said when it was first formed the Friends of Whaley Bridge Station were told it would be 2017 before the gap between the platform and the trains was looked at.
Cllr Winter, secretary of the Friends, said they were delighted that work was now underway – five years earlier than hoped – as part of a massive refurbishment project at the station.
“That is why there is disruption in the car park in terms of parking spaces. Hopefully it will be well worth the brief inconvenience.”
She said the Buxton-bound platform was being completely replaced and raised with the work being carried out in two phases to ensure passengers could still get on and off trains running from Manchester to Buxton.
The footbridge is also being refurbished as part of the extensive works being carried out.
The platform works are expected to be completed by the end of March.
Cllr Winter said the friends were very grateful for the way in which Network Rail were keeping them informed .
Council Chairman Jon Goldfinch, praising the Friends said: “They have done a fantastic job in bringing this to fruition.”
However, Cllr Winter said the work done by the Council, before the friends were formed, in continuing to raise the issue had been important in ensuring it had not been forgotten.