Outwood Rail Station car park extension plan
Outwood Rail Station car park to be expanded
At a meeting of Wakefield Council’s Cabinet next week (9 July) senior councillors will be asked to approve proposals to design, develop and submit a planning application for a scheme to improve car parking capacity at Outwood Rail Station.
The proposed 160 space car park would improve car parking capacity at the station and be located on land at Lofthouse Gate Country Park. It would be accessed from Colliery Approach.
This would address the issue of unauthorised parking in residential areas by commuters, whilst also supporting sustainable employment growth, link people to jobs and increase sustainable travel provision.
Cabinet are also being asked to approve the use of a grant from the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund to construct the new car park.
The fund is supported through the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal – a £1billion package of Government investment delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: “The new surface car park at Outwood Rail Station is much needed to create extra capacity. At the moment, the existing car park is full well before 9am, leading people to park on side streets which is inconvenient for both residents and passengers.
“We want to encourage people to use trains to travel within our district and beyond and local residents would hugely benefit from this improved connectivity. The scheme will also improve the cycling and walking routes within the vicinity.”
The report will be discussed at Cabinet on 9 July from 10.30am at Wakefield Town Hall. You can watch the meeting live or later at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream