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Metro and our partners Network Rail, Northern Rail, Grand Central, Wakefield Council, Railway Heritage Trust and Groundwork Wakefield are working together to bring much needed improvements to Wakefield Kirkgate rail station.
Major works were completed on the station platforms in 2012. All of the life expired and unused canopies on the island platform were removed and also a section of the island platform spine wall which had remained in place since the removal of the station roof during the 1970s. The canopy over the Leeds bound platform was refurbished and fitted with modern glazing and new entrances to the subway were created. Electronic information screens were also installed on the platforms and in the entrance hall.
The major scheme to restore the Grade II listed building commenced in August 2013. The £4.6 million scheme driven by Groundwork Wakefield and multiple funding partners will see the building brought back to life. The restoration will transform the station building to provide an important gateway to the city by providing facilities for rail passengers, local communities, enterprises and Groundwork. Plans include units for new businesses, a café, a retail outlet with rail ticket sales, exhibition spaces, meeting rooms for community and local businesses and accommodation for Groundwork Wakefield.
Partners funding the scheme include: Network Rail, Wakefield Council, Metro, Railway Heritage Trust, Grand Central Rail, Northern Rail, European Regional Development Fund, Groundwork Wakefield, Garfield Weston Foundation and Headley Trust. Additional funding has been secured from the Station Commercial Project Facility and National Stations Improvement Programme, which are administered by Network Rail.
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