Leeds & West Yorkshire

Funding boost to improve Wakefield Kirkgate station

Wakefield Kirkgate station
Image caption There have been a number of serious crimes at the station

A railway station named "one of the worst in Britain" is to benefit from extra funding for its refurbishment.

Recent work at Wakefield Kirkgate has included improvements to CCTV and the subway and entrance lobby.

Network Rail said an additional £1.5m would be used to bring the Grade II-listed building up to a safe standard.

In 2009, the then transport secretary Lord Adonis labelled the station as "probably the worst 'medium-large' station I have seen in Britain".

Network Rail along with other agencies including Groundwork Wakefield, Wakefield Council and Railway Heritage Trust are involved in plans to transform the station.

Ken Taylor, executive director for Groundwork Wakefield, said there was a commitment to bring the station back to its "former glory".

He said the improvements would be a "catalyst for the regeneration of the entire Kirkgate area".

Phil Verster, route managing director at Network Rail, said: "This is excellent news for Wakefield.

"Kirkgate is a station in need of improvement and we have already completed improvements to CCTV, subway and entrance lobby with more work scheduled this year on the canopies and to remove the spine wall.

"However, the listed station buildings have been empty for many years and are in need of attention."

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