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Members of the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority
(ITA) Executive Board have approved £250,000 for work to
enhance Castleford Bus Station, and provide better links with
Castleford Rail Station.
Metro, working with Wakefield Council, has drawn up proposals
for a new, spacious, high-quality, drive-in reverse-out bus
facility with electronic information, CCTV coverage and improved
waiting facilities and travel information. The development plan
includes an improved link between the town's bus and rail stations
and enhancements to the Rail Station itself.
Speaking after the meeting, Metro District Spokesperson for
Wakefield, Cllr Yvonne Crewe said: "I am pleased my ITA colleagues
have given their approval so that the project can progress.
"These plans will provide bus users in Castleford with a
facility in line with Metro's modern, award-winning bus stations
across West Yorkshire, while further work can provide train
passengers with better facilities and improved interchange.
"The new facilities will provide an impressive welcome for
visitors arriving in the town and show our commitment to the
regeneration of Castleford and the Five Towns area."
Further to detailed design and subject to planning application
approval the estimated cost of improving the bus station is around
£4m and is expected to be completed by Spring 2014.