Pledge over staffing at West Yorkshire train station

A WEST Yorkshire rail station which has undergone a £5.6m revamp will be staffed from 6am to 10pm every day under a new rail operator.

Sunday, 20th December 2015, 12:58 pm
Wakefield Kirkgate Railway station

Grade II listed Kirkgate railway station in Wakefield has been transformed in a £5.6m refurbishment programme.

The station as a new cafe and upgraded passenger facilities with better CCTV, lobby and subway.

Retail space and offices have also been added to the new station, which was reopened in September after the refurbishment by regeneration charity Groundwork.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Now further improvements and extended staffing hours from April have been announced after Arriva was awarded the Northern Rail franchise by the Department for Transport.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh said: “I am delighted that the Department for Transport has announced that from next year Wakefield Kirkgate station will be staffed between 6am and 10pm every day.

“The decision commits current and any future providers to staffing during operating hours. This is great news for users of Kirkgate.”

The latest improvements at Kirkgate are part of the government’s Northern Connect service, which will see stations being staffed daily around West Yorkshire.