Wakefield Kirkgate opens its doors on £5.6m revamp

WAKEFIELD’S first railway station, first opened to the public in 1840, has been re-opened after a £5.6m revamp project.

Transport minister Andrew Jones MP opened the site with Cllr Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council and chairperson of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The two-year renovation of the Grade II listed Wakefield Kirkgate station was led by environmental charity, Groundwork.

The Department for Transport supported the scheme with nearly £1.5 million of funding.

Mark Tarry, route managing director for Network Rail said, “Wakefield Kirkgate is a stunning example of what can be achieved when partners work together.

“The station’s transformation back to its former glory is a testament to all those who have put in the time and resources to see this project through to the end and create a welcoming station that is once again fit for passengers.”

The project has been led by Groundwork, working in partnership with Department for Transport, Network Rail, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Wakefield Council, The Railway Heritage Trust, Northern Rail, Grand Central, and has also been supported financially by the Yorkshire and Humber 2007-2013 European Regional Development Fund Programme, The Headley Trust and Garfield Weston.


Click here to sign up to receive our new South West business news...