From Station Platform to National Park walkway

The Murphy team working at Kirkham and Wesham Station on the NWEP Phase 3 electrification scheme have donated three 40-foot trailers of Yorkshire coping stone flags to the Yorkshire Dales National Park authority.

Rangers at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are responsible for maintaining over 2,620km of public rights of way. The paths are an asset of crucial value to both residents and visitors. In some areas, however, the sheer number of walkers enjoying the paths mean that they can suffer from erosion and be difficult to use.

On Friday, the Murphy team working on the Kirkham site delivered all three trailers packed with the stone to the site near Settle, in a bid to help with restoration of the paths.

Murphy’s site manager, Mark Rittenberg, said: “We wanted to do something with the left over stone from Kirkham that would mean it wasn’t wasted and would also benefit the wider community. We got in touch with the team at the Yorkshire Dales National Park because we knew they would be able to put the stone to good use! I’m told our donation will restore around 400 metres of pathways.”

It can sometimes by difficult restoring the pathways as many of them are in remote locations and on environmentally sensitive sites. Any improvement projects have to balance the long-term conservation needs of the area with the demands placed on it by walkers. One way in which the Yorkshire Dales National Park authority is able to balance these requirements is by using reclaimed Yorkshire coping stone flags.

Kate Hilditch, Southern Dales area manager, said: “The donation of Yorkshire coping stone flags from Kirkham & Wesham Station has been tremendous and we are very grateful to Murphy. The flags will help us carry out vital footpath repair work and will be used on a number of different projects across the National Park. Most importantly this donation we will enable us to do far more work than we would normally have the budget for – which means more paths repaired for people to enjoy!”

The Kirkham and Wesham Station NWEP Phase 3 electrification scheme which includes resurfacing existing platforms, a platform extension, a new platform and a footbridge with lifts to improve accessibility for passengers. The scheme will be complete in February 2018.

Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by Emma Best

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