Kirkgate £4m plan approved

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WORK to transform Kirkgate Railway Station and put staff on the platforms will begin in October.

This week Wakefield Council approved plans by Groundwork and its team of partners to transform the run down building.

The £4m scheme will see the historic grade-II listed station restored and revamped into a modern, safe facility with room for new businesses and community groups.

Ken Taylor, executive director for Groundwork Wakefield, said: “This is the news both Groundwork and all the partners have been waiting for, the planning permission is a fantastic result of what has been many months of hard work by all involved.

“We have been keen to take on board the views of the public and users of the station and we can now look forward to achieving the delivery of a much needed revamp of the building and what will be an iconic gateway into the city for generations to come.”

The transformation of the station will mark the success of the Express’ Staff Our Station campaign which was launched in 2009 after a woman was raped.