Extra cash for Kirkgate Station transformation

18th January 2012'Pictured L/R: :  Gary Seed fron SBS architects, council leader Peter Box and Ken Taylor from Groundwork and Cllr Yvonne Crewe at Kirkgate Railway Station 'BY MATTHEW PAGE
18th January 2012'Pictured L/R: : Gary Seed fron SBS architects, council leader Peter Box and Ken Taylor from Groundwork and Cllr Yvonne Crewe at Kirkgate Railway Station 'BY MATTHEW PAGE
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EXTRA cash has been secured for a multi-million pound plan to transform Kirkgate Railway Station into a safe and welcoming gateway to the city.

Metro, the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority Executive Board, has put in another £250,000.

The £4.1m scheme, which is being led by environmental charity Groundwork, will see the neglected station buildings refurbished and staff on the platforms.

Coun Yvonne Crewe, Metro spokeswoman for Wakefield, said: “This additional funding, which brings Metro’s total contribution to half a million pounds, shows our commitment to the work at Wakefield Kirkgate.

“All the partners involved in this project view the station as an important gateway to the city, and are committed to bringing this sadly neglected station back to life.”

The scheme has been supported by Wakefield Council, Network Rail, Northern Rail, Grand Central and the Railway Heritage Trust.

It was a result of the award winning Staff Our Station campaign launched by the Express in 2009 after a woman was subjected to a horrific sex attack.

Work is set to start in October and is expected to be completed next year.