Work on Kirkgate Station transformation to begin

Wakefield Kirkgate Railway station
Wakefield Kirkgate Railway station
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A £4.6m project to transform Kirkgate station will get under way on Monday.

The project was triggered by the Express’ Staff Our Station campaign, which began in 2009 to after a young woman was subjected to a horrific sex attack in the dingy subway.

Environmental charity Groundwork Wakefield, which is leading the project, said the station car park will close on Monday so that work can start.

The neglected isolated station will be given a makeover including a new ticket office, cafe, shop, and room for businesses and community groups.

The work is expected to take about a year to complete.

Ken Taylor, of Groundwork, said: “The car park will unfortunately have to close so that materials and site cabins can be delivered and so that the work can start safely.

“But the station will be fully open to passengers as normal.”

Thousands of our readers supported our demands to politicians and rail bosses to put staff on the Grade II-listed station and make it safe.

The project has since been backed by Wakefield Council, Network Rail, Metro, Railway Heritage Trust, Grand Central Rail, Northern Rail, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Headley Trust and Eggborough Power Station.

Additional funding has been secured from the Station Commercial Project Facility and National Stations Improvement Programme and the European Regional Development Fund.

Mr Taylor said more details about the work would be made available next week.