Northern has completed a £2.8 million project to improve Castleford railway station. Rail operator Northern has worked in partnership with Network Rail, West Yorkshire and Wakefield Council to make much needed improvements to the station for all.
Features of the new Station Upgrades
In the new waiting room, passengers will find new seats, a new disabled toilet, a ticket vending machine and an information desk with retail facilities.
Alongside this, construction has been undertaken to make the car park bigger with, 65 car parking spaces. This includes 3 blue badge spaces and up to 10 bikes spaces, all protected with new CCTV and lighting. It is hoped these changes will make it easier for passengers to move around.
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said:
“With over half a million people using it each year and that number forecast to grow, Castleford station is a key gateway to the town.
With its improved passenger facilities and better links with the town centre and the nearby bus station, which the Combined Authority completely rebuilt in 2016, this joint scheme has turned Castleford Rail Station into the welcoming gateway the town deserves.
Improving the station and the spaces for people to park and ride by train will also help to reduce the damaging economic and environmental costs of congestion in our towns and cities.”
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “The station is hugely important for Castleford and this investment will provide the gateway the town deserves along with better facilities for passengers that will encourage more people to use the rail network.
“I am pleased that working with our partners we have been able to secure funding and deliver this project that provides a fitting gateway to the town.”
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said: “We are really happy to have been involved in this project as it will make a huge difference to passengers.
“The new station building provides much-needed facilities and will make travelling to and from Castleford more enjoyable, as well as more comfortable, and we look forward to passengers reaping the benefits.”
Tony Baxter, Regional Director at Northern, said: “Our customers will see big improvements at Castleford station and it now offers so much more to the community.
“I am confident that the significant improvements made at Castleford will help to enhance the overall experience for passengers – whether that’s buying a ticket, waiting for a train or getting information about our services.”
“The refurbishment is part of a larger programme taking place across our network which includes installing more CCTV, switching to energy-saving LED bulbs in all stations and improving accessibility for all our customers.
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