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New Castleford bus station taking shape

Framework construction starts on the new bus station in Castleford.
Pictured: Cllr Peter Box and Cllr James Lewis, with fellow councillors and construction firm representatives.
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Framework construction starts on the new bus station in Castleford. Pictured: Cllr Peter Box and Cllr James Lewis, with fellow councillors and construction firm representatives. p311c423

Work on Castleford’s new multi-million pound bus station moved forward this week.

Bus operator Metro first started work on the £5.5m project in January.

It has now started putting up the framework for the new building, which is expected to be open by spring next year.

Buses will continue to operate from temporary stops and shelters while the work is carried out.

Coun Peter Box, West Yorkshire Combined Authority chairman, said: “As well as representing a huge improvement in levels of convenience and comfort for local bus users when it opens in spring next year, Castleford’s new bus station will provide a new, welcoming gateway to the town.

“Wakefield Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority have worked closely to develop this new passenger facility that will benefit Castleford residents, local companies and people visiting the town for leisure, shopping and business.”

Plans for the new facility include a fully-enclosed waiting area, real time information screens, a Metro Travel Centre, retail unit, CCTV coverage throughout and public toilets.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “Before work started we held exhibitions showing plans for how the new Castleford bus station would look and nearly every one of the 1,000 or so people who turned up to those exhibitions supported the scheme.

“I’m sure those people will be pleased to see the new bus station starting to take shape.”

From Sunday, buses which run from stops E1, E2 and coach services will run from Enterprise Way and services to Ferry Fryston will run from stop B1 on Bank Street.

For more details on changes visit Metro’s website at www.wymetro.com/castlefordbusstation

 

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