New £8.1m Westgate station opens on Sunday

Westgate Station, tweeted by @Mart_tin_Hick
Westgate Station, tweeted by @Mart_tin_Hick

Rail passengers will get to use the new £8.1m Westgate station at 7.30am on Sunday morning.

That is the time the old station will close and the new one, which has been built about 300 yards north, will open for business.

Passengers access the station from Mulberry Way and will continue to use platform 1 for travelling to London.

For Leeds and northbound routes, platform 2 is connected by a golden footbridge, which has step-free access using new lifts.

There will be 12 taxi spaces with a covered waiting area outside the front of the building, along with a passenger drop-off point.

But those wanting to park must now use the 900 space multi-storey Merchant Gate car park next to the station.

And the opening of the station will mean changes to the route of the Free City Bus, from Monday onwards.

The bus will take a left from Westgate onto Mulberry Way in order to serve the station, which now contains a Subway, WH Smith, Greggs and Costa Coffee.

Upon leaving the station, the bus will continue along Mulberry Way and turn right to serve a new stop in front of Wakefield One, on Burton Street.

It will then head back to Westgate via Drury Lane, where it will resume its current route.

East Coast property and projects director Tim Hedley-Jones said: “We are delighted to be opening the new Westgate station

“It will offer the latest customer facilities and a stunning new gateway to Wakefield, providing a station fit for the future of the city.”

The station features new ticket gates to improve safety and tackle fare evasion.

There are now six Fastticket machines, a bigger first class lounge and new standard waiting room.

The project has benefitted from £6.1m funding from the Department for Transport, £1m from the Access for All fund, which is targeted towards step-free access projects, and £1m from the English Cities Fund (ECF).