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IN A FLAP OVER FELIX; New addition to ticket barriers for station cat.

Byline: NEIL ATKINSON Head of News neil.atkinson@examiner.co.uk

FELIX the cat has got station staff in a right flap.

The moggy, who has been adopted as the official Huddersfield railway station cat, has been awarded a special treat by leading train operator First TransPennine Express.

She has her very own personalised cat flap to allow easy access through the newly-installed platform ticket barriers.

Felix has been the Huddersfield station cat for nearly two years and is a much-loved member of the team who is also popular with commuters.

A company spokesman said: "After spotting Felix 'having kittens' about alterations to her 'platform catwalk', we are hoping to make life easier by installing a bespoke cat flap which sits within the gate's barriers."

Paul Jackson, station manager at Huddersfield, said: "Customers and staff hold Felix in great affection and she's very much part of daily life here at the station.

"We strive to offer the best service possible to both passengers and their four-legged friends and we know Felix is certainly the cat that got the cream with her very own VIP entrance and exit."

The new ticket barriers came into use earlier this month and govern passengers heading in and out of the main station concourse.

After seeing the prototype undergo testing, one regular commuter added: "I've heard that every dog has its day but Felix must be smiling like the Cheshire Cat at the sight of this.

Rail bosses applied to bring in automatic ticket barriers at the station last year.

They wanted to stop people managing to complete train journeys without buying tickets.

The seven gates have been installed inside the newly-revamped main entrance of the station, meaning passengers will have to have tickets before getting on to the platforms.

Those getting off trains at Huddersfield will also need tickets to exit the station.

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WELL-TRAINED: Felix the railway station cat (below) now has his own access to the platforms after the introduction of these ticket barriers

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 13, 2013
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