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Kirkgate kudos

A £1.5 million project will complete the transformation of long-neglected Wakefield Kirkgate.

Already the grade II listed station, which dates from 1854, has been tidied up and the subway and entrance lobby repaired.

Work on removing the spine wall and replacing the station canopies is expected to commence this month and be completed by May.

The station buildings have fallen into disrepair and are in urgent need of attention. Local leaders hope a rejuvenated station will catalyse the regeneration of Kirkgate.

Plans for the station have been drawn up by Groundwork Wakefield with support from Network Rail, Northern Rail, West Yorkshire PTE, Wakefield council and Railway Heritage Trust.

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