New £8m Wakefield Westgate rail station on track for opening

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THE first new rail station to be built on the East Coast Main Line in decades will be opened in Wakefield this weekend.

The new £8.1m Wakefield Westgate station will be unveiled at a ceremony on Sunday.

Westgate Railway Station includes new shops, a footbridge and lifts linking the platforms, a new travel centre and a first class lounge and standard waiting area.

Subway, WH Smith, Greggs and Costa Coffee are all ready to open inside the building.

And new ticket gates have been installed to improve passenger safety and combat fare evasion.

Tim Hedley-Jones, East Coast property and projects director, said: “We are delighted to be opening the new Westgate station on Sunday. It will offer the latest customer facilities and a stunning new gateway to Wakefield, providing a station fit for the future of the city. This has been an excellent collaboration between East Coast, Network Rail, Muse Developments and Wakefield Council.

“We have been aided by the quality of the design by Leeds Studio and the commitment of our contractors, Buckingham Group.” East Coast said the new station was more energy-efficient, contained 30 sheltered bike racks and would be served by Metro’s free city bus every 10 or 12 minutes.

Wakefield Council’s deputy leader Coun Denise Jeffery, said: “I think we can all agree that the new station will be fabulous for Wakefield.”

Plans for the new Westgate station were announced at the end of 2011. East Coast has been working alongside Wakefield Council and English Cities Fund to make sure that the station complements wider plans to regenerate the Westgate area.

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