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Bedale Station on track for success

[Friday 10 March 2006]

A £1.5 million scheme aiming to encourage tourism, create employment and improve public transport around Bedale is gathering steam.

Work to re-open Station House will begin this month, and a cluster of craft units already being developed by the District Council alongside it, should begin taking tenants after Easter.

Councilor Andrew and Ruth Annison check out the final details for Station House
Councilor Andrew and Ruth Annison check out the final
details for Station House

Hambleton District Council and Wensleydale Railway plc signed the contract - which will see Station House renovated and used by the railway company - last week. It has planning permission for a ticket office, waiting room, information point and café.

Other station buildings are being converted into ten craft workshops including a large unit suitable for a gallery/exhibition facility. Most of the units have display areas and will be compatible with the station's use for visitors and travelers.

"This is a very exciting development for Bedale - and one which we hope will attract visitors as well as create employment opportunities for local people and provide better transport links," said Hambleton Cabinet Member, Councilor Ralph Andrew.

"With tenants in our new workshops and the opening of Station House it will be a great place to visit."

Ruth Annison, Chairman of Wensleydale Railway added: "We have enjoyed working with the District Council in preparing for this improvement to rail passenger facilities at Bedale - the gateway market town to Wensleydale.

"When the structural work to Station House is complete our volunteers will do the interior decorating before the building is opened to the public.

"We look forward to working with local tourism and other businesses to make the most of the benefits the railway can bring to the town."

As well as the facilities on the site, the Bedale Station development is being enhanced by a new footbridge over Bedale Beck - which will improve pedestrian routes to and from the town centre for residents and visitors. Work is due to begin on this in the summer.

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