'Significant improvement' promised as upgrade work begins on Castleford Railway Station
Work has begun on a multi-million pound upgrade at Castleford Railway Station, which will see the site become a ‘gateway’ to the town.
The £2.8 million upgrade will see new high-quality passenger waiting facilities, a ticket vending machine, a disabled toilet and sheltered cycle parking, as well as improved links to the town centre and nearby bus station.
Coun Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: “This is an exciting scheme for Castleford, which will improve facilities at the railway station.
“Good transport links play a vital role in underpinning business growth and job creation and these improvements will help to make Castleford a more attractive place to live, work and invest in.”
Funding for the transformation has been provided by the West Yorkshire-plus Transport fund, as part of a joint scheme between West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), Northern, Network Rail and Wakefield Council.
As part of the development, work will be carried out on the subway underpass, including a resurfaced footway, new wall cladding, lighting and CCTV.
Improved landscaping and signage will also be installed on key walking routes between the station, town centre and bus station.
Northern Rail said the work, which is expected to last until the autumn, would provide a "more attractive and welcoming gateway to Castleford town centre".
As part of the work, the old station, which is located to the far left of the platform, will be demolished to allow adjustments to the car park.
A total of 56 spaces will be available once work is complete, including three blue badge spaces.