Interchange scheme to cost £5m?

Castleford Interchange
Castleford Interchange

‘MODEST’ plans for a new bus and rail interchange at Castleford are being discussed, according to transport bosses.

Travel operator Metro said proposals to upgrade and improve travel services in the town could cost between £2m and £5m as part of a new scheme.

Coun James Lewis, chairman of West Yorkshire Metro, said the main objective was to bring the facilities “up to scratch.”

He said: “The scheme is in a development stage. The ideal situation would be to spend about £5m – if we have to lose parts of the scheme, the cost will fall.

“We recognise that the bus and railway stations need bringing up to scratch so we looking at ways to do that at the moment, which don’t rely on compulsory purchase orders and buying land around the area.”

A spokesman for Metro said £1.8m worth of funding had been identified for the scheme from the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan but it would need to be supplemented by funding from other organisations such as the council.

Coun Denise Jeffery, deputy leader of the council and responsible for regeneration, said: “We’re looking at putting in a more modest bid of up to £5m for an interchange scheme at Castleford.

“We thought we had lost everything when we lost the Regional Growth Fund but, but we have been lobbying very hard for a new scheme for the bus and train station.

“Metro have more or less agreed the funding but we have to agree on a scheme. We’ll be meeting them next week, so would could start this year.”

The council lost a £17m bid for government funding in 2010 for a state-of-the-art bus and rail interchange in Castleford.

Firm proposals for a smaller scheme are expected early this year and will then be put out for public consultation.