Keighley and Worth Valley railway bosses go for promotion

Keighley News: Keighley and Worth Valley Railway chairman, Dr Matt Stroh, welcomes the smartphone app project Keighley and Worth Valley Railway chairman, Dr Matt Stroh, welcomes the smartphone app project

New information boards have now been installed at stations on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

Funding from Keighley Town Council has enabled the boards to be provided at Keighley and Ingrow stations.

They tell visitors about the immediate area, and show interesting places they can visit before recommencing their train rides.

News of the boards’ completion, as part of the Worth Exploring project, were revealed last week at an Oxenhope Parish Council meeting.

The council led the Worth Exploring project, which involves several methods to inform visitors, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and South Pennines Leader fund.

Keighley Town Council funded the Keighley and Ingrow panels because the stations lie outside the South Pennines area. Railway chairman, Dr Matt Stroh, said there was now a complete set of panels covering all the stations.

He said: “The panels complement table-top maps already installed on many of our carriages.

“We get great feedback from passengers on the maps, and the activity leaflets for children.

“The panels will further help explain the history of the railway, and encourage people to explore the area around the railway.”

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway was a complete branch line, originally built to serve the mills in the valley.

Mr Stroh said: “It is important our passengers can understand the context for, and historical importance of, the railway.”

The Worth Exploring project also includes a website, which is now in its final draft, and a smartphone app.

The panels at Keighley and Ingrow will be launched in the near future, and the website and app are due to be launched in May.

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