New Kirkgate station is delayed until 2015

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Work to transform Kirkgate railway station – once known as the worst in Britain – has been delayed after dry rot was discovered.

A £4.6m scheme led by regeneration charity Groundwork to restore the run-down station to its former glory was due to be finished in September.

But it is expected to be delayed until the spring after the discovery of dry rot in the ageing building meant extra funding was needed.

Groundwork’s Harjinder Sandhu said: “The refurbishment work revealed greater damage than had originally been determined.

“As a result it has taken longer to complete that work that we had planned.

“However, thanks to additional funding and support from our partners, work to treat the extensive dry rot can be completed so that the programme of works can continue, although with opening now delayed until later in 2015.”

The project is backed by Wakefield Council, Northern Rail, Network Rail, Grand Central, the Railway Heritage Trust and Metro.

A council spokesman said: “It’s an old building and as with all old buildings sometimes you get problems you didn’t expect and this has caused a delay.”

The Express ran a three-year campaign to staff Kirkgate to make the run-down station safe for commuters.