Parking to be improved at Normanton Rail Station

03/03/2020, PR-9316

Rail station parking

​Wakefield Council is backing a £2million bid to improve car parking facilities at Normanton Rail Station.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is asking for £1.98million from the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund to increase parking capacity at the station by 121 spaces – to 173 spaces - including an additional seven blue badge bays.

The scheme will also deliver enhanced drainage infrastructure, CCTV, low energy lighting and provision of electrical ducting for two future electric charging bays.

Cllr Matthew Morley
Cllr Matthew Morley

​Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: “We want to encourage our residents to use trains to travel within our district and beyond.

“Not only does it link them to jobs, education and leisure facilities, it helps to tackle traffic congestion and improve air quality.

“These extra spaces are much needed at Normanton and we fully support WYCA’s bid.”

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of Transport for West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “We established the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund in 2014 to invest in schemes designed to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region by improving road, bus, rail and other links over a 20-year period.

“Normanton is the latest station on the West Yorkshire rail network where we are extending the car park to increase the opportunity for commuters to park and ride by train for the last part of their journey.

“As a result of Transport Fund schemes, we are creating around 2,000 of these new spaces at West Yorkshire stations, which will take the overall total in West Yorkshire to around 7,000. By encouraging people to park and ride by train and bus, we are helping to combat congestion and the pollution it causes in our town and city centres as well as helping the City Region to reach its target of being a net zero carbon economy by 2038 at the latest.”

The West Yorkshire-plus Transport 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.

WYCA have also submitted an ambitious bid to the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund, with an announcement expected soon on how much Wakefield will receive to improve transport links to its towns and city.

A decision will be made at WYCA’s Investment Committee meeting on 5 March.