Council secures £1m to improve accessibility at Pontefract Monkhill Station

02/03/2020, PR-9314

Cllr Matthew Morley and Pontefract Ward councillors
Cllr Matthew Morley and Pontefract Ward councillors

Wakefield Council has successfully secured £1m Government funding to improve disabled access to Pontefract Monkhill Station.

The £2.38m scheme will make the rail station accessible to everyone with the installation of two lifts to the footbridge that connects the platforms over the rail lines. It will also be used to improve and refurbish the existing footbridge.

The £1m from the Department for Transport's Access for All funding pot aims to improve the accessibility of Britain's railway. The Council is providing funding of £1.238m to the scheme and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is also contributing £150k.

Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: "We are delighted to secure this funding to bring these much needed improvements to Monkhill Station. We want to encourage people to use public transport to help them access jobs and facilities in the district and beyond. It also helps to tackle congestion on our roads and cut carbon emissions.

"Installing a lift at Monkhill will make it much more accessible to everyone, improving the lives of our disabled residents and visitors."

The improvement works are expected to take place and be completed next year.