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Metro and Wakefield Council are this week seeking support
from the Leeds City Region (LCR) Local Enterprise Partnership to
submitting a £14.3m Leeds City Region bid to the Government's
new Regional Growth Fund to enable work on a new Castleford
Transport Interchange to go ahead.
Plans to replace Castleford's ageing and separate bus and rail
stations with a modern transport interchange would represent a
massive improvement for local passengers. By providing a modern,
high-quality gateway to Castleford, it would also be a catalyst in
the regeneration of the wider Five Towns area.
Combining Castleford's currently separate bus and rail stations
at the Interchange will unlock land for regeneration and
redevelopment, and expressions of interest to do this from
developers would accompany the bid.
An independent business survey, commissioned by the Leeds City
Region Partnership in December 2010, indicated that a combined bus
and train station along with local bus service enhancements
providing better links with Leeds and the wider Five Towns area
would encourage expanding businesses to bring forward their
investment plans in Castleford. This would create significant
additional employment opportunities in the local area, helping to
rebalance the economy which has been dependent on public sector
"Plans for the new facility, based around a covered waiting
concourse linking bus stands and the rail platform and including a
travel centre and units for a cafeteria and shops, are well
advanced," said Metro Chairman Cllr Chris Greaves.
"If the Government's Independent Appraisal Panel Chaired by Lord
Heseltine, and the Deputy Prime Minister his Ministerial
colleagues, who will make the final decisions on the Regional
Growth Fund, agree with us that the Interchange meets their aims
for the Fund and approve the bid, work could start later this
"Any show of support for the scheme is valuable and we would
encourage people to add their names to the petition
started by Yvette Cooper and Cllrs Burns-Williamson and Wallis,"
added Cllr Greaves.