VOLUNTEERS have helped to give a Bradford district railway station a new lease of life.

More than 50 people pitched in to improve the appearance of Ilkley station by sweeping up the platforms, cleaning gullies and repainting fences and lighting columns.

The group included volunteers from Friends of Ilkley Rail Station, local schoolchildren and Northern staff.

It comes as Northern is running a series of volunteer days throughout the summer months, offering people the chance to make improvements that customers have been calling for.

Ilkley Gazette: A new lick of paint being given to railings at the stationA new lick of paint being given to railings at the station (Image: Northern)

Kerry Peters, regional director at Northern, said: "We're hugely grateful to the volunteers who have given up their time.

"We work with volunteers across the north of England to make sure our stations are clean and welcoming, and we know their hard work does not go unnoticed as we regularly receive positive feedback from customers."

Ilkley Station is used by more than 1.3 million passengers a year.

Anyone who wants to ask Northern to make improvements to their local station should contact the operator by emailing enquiries@northernrailway.co.uk

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the north of England.