Work to start on £8.6m Westgate Station rebuild before end of 2012

cutaway drawing showing the new building and footbridge at Wakefield Westgate station.
cutaway drawing showing the new building and footbridge at Wakefield Westgate station.

THE £8.6-MILLION rebuild of Westgate Station will begin in December.

East Coast Mainline are looking to build new shops, a first class lounge and travel centre as part of a new station building.

The firm has already been working on a separate project to improve facilities on platform 2 this year.

And Wakefield Council told the Express in February that there were also plans within a separate project to build a hotel where the current Westgate station building stands.

Designs for the new station, which will have improved access for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians, will go out to public consultation next month.

It will be built by Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd.

An East Coast spokesman said: “Following a competitive tendering process, the contract to design and build a new station at Wakefield Westgate has been awarded.

“A public consultation on the design of the new station is expected to take place in late September, with work on the site scheduled to begin in December. The proposed completion date, when the station is due to become operational, is October 2013.”

The station project has been made possible by funding from the Department for Transport, and the English Cities Fund as part of its Merchant Gate development.

And it will be carried out in partnership with the council and Network Rail.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “It is fantastic news for the district. The new rail station has always been an integral part of the masterplan for the redevelopment of the area.

“The council has been working closely with partners to develop the scheme and I encourage people to have their say in the upcoming consultation.”