Passenger transport improvements proposed for Normanton

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Date: 08/06/2015

An exhibition opens in Normanton Library on Friday to give local people the chance to comment on proposed improvements to public transport facilities in the town.

A proposed public transport hub for Normanton is part of a programme from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, in conjunction with local councils, to improve and co-ordinate transport facilities for passengers in town and city centres.

The Combined Authority is providing £150,000 for the Normanton scheme which will see better signage, on-street information boards, road and pavement improvements and new bus shelters in the town.

Cllr David Dagger, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “This scheme offers a real opportunity for Normanton and will bring big improvements to the town.

“It will make the railway station more visible, make it easier for pedestrians to get into the station and make bus shelters more modern and comfortable.  I hope local people will welcome the scheme and come to the library to see the exhibition and let us know what they think about the plans.”

Cllr Peter Box, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “Normanton Hub will provide improved transport facilities for the town and will be a focal point for public transport journeys. I encourage people to attend the exhibitions to see the plans and have their say.”

The proposals include a new Metro totem sign for passenger information outside the railway station, improvements to the pedestrian footpath in Lower Station Road, upgrading of a zebra crossing, public transport information boards and modern bus shelters with realtime passenger information units.

There is also a proposal to remove the one-way traffic system between Market Street and Talbot Street to improve access to the railway station. If the proposals are agreed, it is expected that most of the work will be carried out before the end of March next year.

The exhibition is open at Normanton Library from Friday, June 12 to June 20 every day except Sundays and Wednesdays, when the library is closed.

Visitors will be invited to complete a short questionnaire and members of the project team will be on hand on Thursday, June 18 from 9.30am to 5.30pm to answer any questions.

The exhibition materials and questionnaire will also be available on the Council website during the exhibition period at www.wakefield.gov.uk