Station platform improvements complete at Kirkgate
Posted: 24 January 2013 | | No comments yet
Network Rail have completed work to remove the spine wall and renew the station platform canopies…
Network Rail have completed work to remove the spine wall and renew the station platform canopies, part of ambitious plans to transform the listed station building.
Network Rail’s work is in addition to a wider scheme led by Groundwork Wakefield. Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for London North Eastern said: “Some years ago we recognised that Kirkgate was a station in need of attention. It is gratifying to see the work which the rail partners have delivered bringing real benefits to passengers’ experience as they travel to and from Wakefield.”
Plans to transform the station building continue to progress with support from Network Rail, Northern Rail, Grand Central Rail, West Yorkshire PTE (Metro), Wakefield Council, ERDF and Railway Heritage Trust.
In 2009 and 2010, Network Rail, Northern Rail and Metro installed a new help point and secured improvements to:
- CCTV system
- entrance lobby
The car park was also resurfaced, allowing the free bus to call at the station.
This work was mainly funded through the National Stations Improvement Programme, a joint rail industry initiative funded primarily by the Department for Transport.