Kirkgate Station’s £4.6m transformation underway

Pictured: Ken Taylor, chief exec of Groundwork, who is celebrating securing all the funding for the Kirkgate Station redevelopment programme and giving a press conference about it today.
Pictured: Ken Taylor, chief exec of Groundwork, who is celebrating securing all the funding for the Kirkgate Station redevelopment programme and giving a press conference about it today.
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The long-awaited £4.6m transformation of Kirkgate Station got underway this week.

Construction workers moved in on Monday to restore the Grade-II listed station, in a project which the Express had been calling for since our Staff Our Station campaign launched in 2009.

The new station will have a café, shops, office space and meeting rooms for the community and businesses to use.

Groundwork Wakefield, who are carrying out the project with contractors G F Tomlinson, said there would be 50 extra parking spaces when work is complete.

The station car park will be closed while the work is carried out, but it will be business as usual for train passengers.

Ken Taylor, executive director at Groundwork, apologised for any disruption.

He added: “It’s fantastic that we are finally on site. Over the next 12 months the works will fly by and we’ll see the station buildings being brought back in full use, within a wonderful environment.”

Deputy leader of Wakefield Council Coun Denise Jeffery said: “I am delighted that work has now started and I am sure the new station, which Wakefield has needed for many years, will make up for temporary disruption inevitable in a project of this size.”

Readers supported our demands to put staff on the 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, the Station Commercial Project Facility, National Stations Improvement Programme and the European Regional Development Fund.