Lobbying underway to reopen platform at Castleford station

​Date: 15/02/2017

Ref: PR8481

Wakefield Council is lobbying for a disused platform at Castleford railway station to be brought back into use – to improve transport services in the town.

The Council is already working with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on a business case for a proposed £3.2m scheme to improve facilities at the station.

This includes an upgrade for the outside of the station, a new waiting room, and better ticketing facilities. The plan is also to increase access to the station with improved car parking and footpaths

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills at Wakefield Council, is campaigning for a further boost - which would see Castleford station's second platform being re-opened.

She said: "Good transport links play a vital role in making public transport services more accessible. A second platform would mean more and better services for the community.

"Strong transport links are vitally important in helping our district to thrive, as they also support business growth and job creation."

As part of the campaign, Cllr Jeffery, Cllr Morley and local ward councillors have held discussions with Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's transport committee.

Discussions would also need to take place with train operators and Network Rail as part of the campaign.