Wakefield Council set to improve parking in Fitzwilliam

​Date:18/01/2016

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Wakefield Council's key decision makers are set to discuss how to address parking issues at Fitzwilliam Country Park and railway station.

 A report to the Council's Cabinet meeting on January 26 proposes to increase and improve the parking available at the Country Park and train station. The report advises that funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is available.

 Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: "We are aware that improved parking facilities for the Country Park and train station are needed. These proposals will help create more parking spaces, cut congestion in the local area caused by cars parking on the busy neighbouring roads and improve safety.

 "We understand the frustrations of local residents caused by people using the train station and visiting the park who are parking outside their homes. These changes will provide additional parking spaces to help alleviate these problems and hopefully encourage more people to use the station and visit the country park without the worry of parking in the area.

"This scheme will also complement and complete the regeneration of the former City Estate."

If approved, the Council will seek approval of the funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority from their investment programme to extend and reconfigure smaller railway station car parks in the region to help meet the demand.

Fitzwilliam rail station car park extension will be delivered by Wakefield and funded by WYCA through its West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund.

These proposals are subject to usual planning procedures and funding agreements.

The Council is also managing the demolition of a number of unused Council-owned garages on Railway Terrace to help create additional parking spaces near to the station.

The report is being discussed by Wakefield Council's Cabinet on Tuesday 26 January.