Parking to be improved at Normanton Rail Station
Council is backing a £2million bid to improve car parking facilities at
Normanton Rail Station.
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.
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
“Not only does
it link them to jobs, education and leisure facilities, it helps to tackle
traffic congestion and improve air quality.
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.
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.