Transport Minister re-opens Wakefield Kirkgate

Wakefield Kirkgate station was re-opened by Transport Minister Andrew Jones on September 14, following a £5.6 million restoration.

The station has received a new ticket office, waiting areas, and cafe and retail outlets. The Grade 2 listed building was opened in 1840, and more than half a million passengers use it every year.

The Department for Transport  provided £1.5m in funds, backed by £750,000 from the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Programme. Other funders included West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Wakefield Council, the Railway Heritage Trust and train operators. Refurbishment work was carried out by environmental charity Groundwork Wakefield and Network Rail.

Wakefield’s other station (Westgate) was upgraded in an £8.6m programme and opened to passengers in December 2013.

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