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Scaffolding up at Huddersfield station

Work at Huddersfield railway station on SundayScaffolders have been at work at Huddersfield station while it has been closed on Saturdays and Sundays over recent weeks, but services are running again this Monday (June 10).

The scaffolding has been erected to work on the station canopy roof, which is still one of the early stages of work to upgrade the station. It is planned to eventually have four through platforms at the station rather than the three that exist at present. This would allow fast trains to move ahead of slower stopping services.

Next weekend there should be most services running as usual from the station as work will be taking place around Brighouse station. However, the Huddersfield - Brighouse - Halifax - Low Moor - Bradford service (normally continuing to Leeds on Sundays) will not be running. Buses will link Huddersfield and Brighouse to Halifax to use other trains to Bradford or the upper Calder Valley.

Other trains not running through Brighouse next weekend include be the Saturday Leeds to Wigan service which usually serves as a connection at Brighouse for upper Calder Valley stations including Hebden Bridge. Also Grand Central services from Bradford to London King's Cross will not be making usual stops at Brighouse and Mirfield as they take a diversion route starting at Halifax and travelling via Low Moor and Bradford to resume their usual journey at Wakefield Kirkgate.

Find out more about TransPennine Upgrade upcoming closures at the  TransPennine Route Upgrade website, but also check these details and your journey against information at the  National Rail website.

Summer openings at Castle Hill's Victoria Tower

Victoria Tower, Castle HillThe Victoria Tower at Castle Hill opens for visitors to climb its steps for a small fee on various dates through the summer providing the chance to look inside the tower and see the view from the top.

Opening dates includes Saturdays in June from noon to 4.30pm.

The landmark stone tower of Castle Hill is little more than 120 years old, but the hilltop is possibly the most ancient fortified site of Yorkshire. The hilltop, with its earthwork ramparts, is a scheduled ancient monument with evidence of human habitation dating back more than 4,000 years to the Bronze Age, around the end of the period when stone circles were arranged at Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

The tower was completed in 1899 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee two years earlier.

Find out more at this  Kirklees Community Directory page.

Changed constituencies lined up for July 4 General Election

A General Election has been called for Thursday July 4 and many voters in and around the Huddersfield area will be voting in a new or changed parliamentary constituency.

There are plans for new constituency boundaries in around 90% of the 650 parliamentary seats across the UK and constituencies in and around Huddersfield all have changes.

In the Huddersfield constituency, the boundary change will mean it gains voters moved away from the Colne Valley constituency in an area between Crosland Moor and Netherton, but the Huddersfield constituency will also lose voters from Kirkheaton and Upper Heaton.

Kirkheaton and Upper Heaton will join a new Spen Valley constituency which also includes, Birkenshaw, Cleckheaton, Gomersal, Birstall, Liversedge, Heckmondwike and Mirfield.

The Colne Valley constituency will have only a shrinkage of its area after the offloading of Crosland Moor and Netherton. There will also be a small loss of voters at Thurstonland, a village which had been partly split between Colne Valley and the neighbouring constituency.

That neighbouring constituency was previously the Dewsbury constituency, but is now another new constituency — Denby Dale and Ossett. That constituency also takes Farnley Tyas, Stocksmoor, Kirkburton and Highburton, Shelley, Shepley, Birds Edge, Upper and Lower Cumberworth, Denby Dale, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett, Clayton West, Emley Moor and Emley from the Dewsbury constituency. Those villages are now coupled in Denby Dale and Ossett with areas of the Wakefield district stretching from West Bretton to Ossett and also to Sandal Magna on the southern outskirts of Wakefield.

Dewsbury has a new Dewsbury and Batley constituency, which in comparison with the previous Dewsbury constituency loses the list of places above and also Mirfield while adding Batley, previously part of Batley and Spen.

• The end of this parliament sees the retirement of Huddersfield Labour and Cooperative MP Barry Sheerman who announced over two years ago that he planned to stand down at the next election. He is Labour's MP with longest continuous service having been elected as Huddersfield East MP 45 years ago in 1979 and re-elected as Huddersfield MP in every election since 1983. A keen campaigner for life-saving road safety measures, he recently described one of his proudest moments as an MP as success in making the wearing of seatbelts compulsory in 1981.

New landmark health building takes shape

Work is progressing on the new building at the corner of Southgate and Leeds RoadHuddersfield's newest landmark building is taking shape at the site of the University of Huddersfield's new National Health Innovation Campus at the ring road junction of Southgate and Leeds Road.

Foundations have also been started for a second building on the new campus.

The new campus aims to lead healthcare innovation across the North of England and will feature a health and wellbeing academy, research and specialist clinical teaching facilities and public-facing features including a podiatry clinic, sports and phisiotherapy clinic and health coaching by video link.

The site had been vacant since the demolition of Ibbotson and Lonsbrough Flats and the former Huddersfield Sports Centre while an earlier plan for a new Tesco store on the site was abandoned.

Raising the roof on Kingsgate

The height of the Kingsgate centre has been raised to incorporate new leisure facilitiesMuch construction work is going on in and around Huddersfield town centre at the moment and one scheme expected to be completed in 2024 is raising the height of part of the Kingsgate Centre. This is to incorporate new leisure facilities in the area previously occupied by the House of Fraser department store.

The part of Kingsgate nearest to Zetland Street is surrounded in scaffolding and the car park entrance there is currently closed. Car access at present is via the entrance in Venn Street.

Once complete The Light will bring to Kingsgate a £250m cinema and leisure complex. This is planned to include an eight-screen cinema, bowling, a games arcade, climbing centre, interactive darts, karaoke and fast food bars.

Local villages and districts

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