Renovated Kirkgate station opens at Wakefield, UK

14 September 2015 (Last Updated September 14th, 2015 18:30)

UK Department for Transport has inaugurated the revamped Wakefield Kirkgate station, marking completion of a £5.6m restoration project.

Wakefield kirkgate reopening

UK Department for Transport has inaugurated the revamped Wakefield Kirkgate station, marking completion of a £5.6m restoration project.

The project had been funded by around £1.5m from the Department of Transport, and took two years to restore after a fundraising campaign by regeneration charity Groundwork.

Built in 1854, the Grade II-listed station is the first in Wakefield and located towards the south of the city.

The revamped station includes a new ticket office, café, waiting areas, and retail outlets.

As well as improvements intended for passengers, such as upgraded CCTV, lobby and subway, the project has created new state-of-the-art office space and meeting rooms, which will later be available for community and local businesses.

Along with the financial backing offered by the UK Department for Transport, the project also received £750,000 in contributions from the UK Government's Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund Programme.

"The transformation of Wakefield Kirkgate will unlock huge benefits for passengers, the local economy, and the wider regeneration of the Kirkgate area."

Additional contributions were received from members, including West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Wakefield Council, The Railway Heritage Trust, and train operators.

UK Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: "The transformation of Wakefield Kirkgate will unlock huge benefits for passengers, the local economy, and the wider regeneration of the Kirkgate area.

"Investing in schemes like this has a vital role to play in creating a Northern Powerhouse, and follows our earlier £6m investment in the new station at Wakefield Westgate, giving this city two excellent gateways."

Restoration work was pursued after a series of accidents at the dilapidated station, which involved attacks, assault and robbery, reports Wakefield Express.

The station remained open during the project, and a new bus station was opened at a nearby location of Castleford in February, reports BBC.

Wakefield's station upgrade marks the initial phase of a £27m development programme that has been planned for Kirkgate over the next five years. It is part of the £38m investment aimed at regeneration of the southern parts of the city.


Image: UK Transport Minister Andrew Jones celebrates completion of Wakefield Kirkgate station revamp. Photo: © Crown copyright.