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15.05.13

£8.8m for new Wakefield Westgate station

Construction has begun for the new Wakefield Westgate station building. The £8.8m project is the first new-build station on the East Coast Main Line in decades.

The project includes more and better retail facilities, a new footbridge and lifts linking platforms, a new travel centre, new First Class Lounge and Standard waiting area, installation of ticket gates, as well as improved integration with local transport.

Rail minister Simon Burns said: “The potential of this multi-million pound scheme is plain to see and, together with the Merchant Gate development, will provide a new gateway to Wakefield, helping to transform the city.

“This station, made possible with government support, will be the first newly-built station on the East Coast Main Line for decades and will show the world that Wakefield is open for business.

“This is part of the wider programme of infrastructure investment which will see billions spent on the network over the coming years, helping to drive economic growth and reinvigorate the railways.”

East Coast stations and property director Tim Hedley-Jones said: “Construction of the new station is progressing well and we look forward to opening it later this year, so that all passengers can benefit from the improved facilities. Wakefield will have an impressive gateway to welcome visitors and the newest station on the East Coast Main Line.”

Network Rail route managing director Phil Verster said: “It is an exciting time for the railway in Wakefield. This new station plus the extensive refurbishment and improvement being completed across the city at Kirkgate will provide visitors with a better impression of Wakefield as well as improving facilities for regular travellers.”

Wakefield council leader Cllr Peter Box CBE added: “The rail station has always been an integral part of the master plan for the re-development of the area. It will be a key gateway into the city, providing improved transport facilities for residents and visitors.”

And Metro chairman Cllr James Lewis said: “The rebuilt Wakefield Westgate Rail station will make the local, regional and national rail network more accessible and integrated, and shows how investing in our public transport networks can help regenerate and re-energise our major towns and cities.”

Work is due to complete this November. Funding for the station comes from the Station Commercial Project Facility Fund, Access for All fund and English Cities Fund (ECF).

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