View plans for £3.2m revamp of Castleford Railway Station

Castleford councillors Denise Jeffery and Tony Wallis at Castleford Railway Station.
Castleford councillors Denise Jeffery and Tony Wallis at Castleford Railway Station.
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Castleford Railway Station could have a £3.2m revamp as part of plans drawn up by transport and council bosses.

Wakefield Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) hope to install CCTV, a new waiting room, cycle parking and improved access for pedestrians and cars as part of the scheme.

The council lost out on a £17m funding bid for a state-of-the-art bus and rail interchange in Castleford in 2010.

But the town’s bus station reopened after a £5.5m revamp in February and the railway station works will be funded through the West Yorkshire Transport Fund Station Improvements Package.

Wakefield Council leader Peter Box, who is also chairman of the WYCA, said: “These important, proposed improvements at Castleford station are part of a West Yorkshire Combined Authority programme which also entails improvements to Bradford’s Forster Square and Interchange, Halifax, Huddersfield and Leeds stations.

“Good transport links play a vital role in underpinning business growth and job creation. The proposed upgrade to facilities at Castleford will follow on from the Combined Authority’s new bus station in the town, which just last week was shortlisted for a national award, and the impressive refurbishment of Wakefield Kirkgate rail station being completed.”

The plans will go on show to the public at a consultation event at Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre, Castleford, on Thursday, October 15 and Saturday, October 17.

It will run from 10am until 2pm.

Coun Denise Jeffery, the council’s cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: “This is an exciting scheme for Castleford, which will improve facilities at the railway station. I’d like to urge rail users and residents to share their views – either by attending an event, or by visiting the council website, to ensure that we have the facilities that people need.”

People can also view the plans and submit their comments on the Wakefield Council website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/castrainstation