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Metro's new, state-of-the-art transport interchange for Castleford
were approved at a meeting of Wakefield Council's Planning
Committee on Thursday 22 February.
Metro's Wakefield District Spokesperson Councillor Graham Phelps
said that almost uniquely for a scheme of this size, not one
objection was received.
"I'm delighted that we now have approval to press ahead with
this hugely important project which will be at the heart of
Castleford's regeneration and am particularly pleased that it has
received such an overwhelming thumbs up from local people," he
"The new Interchange will mean a huge improvement in facilities
for local bus and train passengers and provide an impressive, high
quality gateway for visitors arriving in the town.
"Metro's development team can now press ahead with the project
and if all goes according to plan, building works are expected to
start next year with a planned completion date in 2010."
Dobson, Wakefield Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for
Regeneration, said: "I am delighted that the interchange has been
given planning permission and can now go ahead.
"Public transport and sustainable travel are central to our
policies and it is important that in an area like Castleford, where
there is so much regeneration taking place, public transport is at
the heart of our plans. This scheme will result in huge
improvements for bus and train users in the town."
Features of the planned Interchange include a light and spacious
covered central waiting area with high-quality flooring and
seating, a bus and rail travel centre, CCTV coverage, real-time
electronic departure displays, automatic doors, cycle parking,
public toilets and baby changing facilities, long- and short -stay
car parking and a taxi rank.
After the meeting, at which Metro was complimented on its
thorough consultation process, Councillor Phelps praised the
'co-operation' Metro and Wakefield Council have received from
neighbouring property owners, Wynsors Shoes, the Station and
Charlotte Hotels, the Royal British Legion, the Masonic Hall, the
Anglers Club and Network Rail, affected by the development.