Plans for £5m bus station revamp on display

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Castleford bus station is set to undergo a multi-million pound makeover – and travel bosses want your thoughts on the proposals.

Transport operator Metro has drawn up plans for a £5m revamp of the Albion Street station which include an enclosed waiting area, CCTV coverage, real time information, a retail outlet and public toilets.

Wakefield Council and Metro will hold three public exhibitions next week which will allow residents to look at the plans and submit their thoughts and opinions on the proposed scheme.

Coun James Lewis, Metro chairman, said: “We are keen to hear people’s views either right now though the website or at the exhibitions in March when Metro staff will also be on hand to answer any questions that people may have about these proposals which represent a huge improvement in public transport for Castleford.”

People can visit www.wymetro.com/castlefordbusstation to find out more about the proposals and how they can submit their comments now, or attend the events in Castleford where they can fill in a questionnaire.

The first event will be held at Five Towns Resource and Technology Centre on Wednesday (March 13) from 6pm to 8pm.

A further two events will be held outside Peacocks in the Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre on March 14 from 10am to 3pm and on March 16 from 10am to 2pm.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Castleford bus station is an integral part to the re-development of the area and will deliver a modern facility as the key gateway into the town centre. I encourage people to attend the events to see the plans and have their say.”

Bus operators, disabled people’s groups and ward councillors have been consulted in the development of the scheme.

A detailed planning application for the scheme will be submitted after drop-in events have taken place.