VIDEO: Staff Our Station - work on Kirkgate set to finish summer 2014

Work to transform and staff the station once branded the ‘worst in Britain’ is on course to be finished in summer 2014

The £4.6m project to restore and regenerate Kirkgate Railway Station is due to be completed in August.

Wakefield Kirkgate Railway station

Wakefield Kirkgate Railway station

It was the result of our three-year-long Staff our Station campaign - which was backed by thousands of our readers to make the station safe for passengers.

Councillors and politicians also gave their backing including the former Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Andrew Adonis, who called Kirkgate the worst ‘medium to large station in Britain’ in 2009.

This morning, Ken Taylor, the executive director of Groundwork Wakefield which is leading the project, and Stuart Lawrence, the managing director of contractor GF Tomlinson, said apprentices from the district would be used during the construction work.

Mr Lawrence said: “With it being a listed building, we want to pass on those skills through the generations.”

When the project is complete, the station will have staff on the platforms, a ticket office, a shop, room for community groups and start-up business hubs.