Bus station revamp to start

Long-awaited work on a multi-million pound revamp of Castleford Bus Station will get underway later this month.

Transport operator Metro has announced that phase one of the £5.5m project will start on January 26.

Buses will operate from temporary stops and shelters from that date while work is carried out.

Most of the stops will be located on Albion Street, Bank Street and Station Road.

James Lewis, Metro chairman, said: “Due to open by spring 2015, Castleford’s new bus station will have improved facilities and higher levels of comfort for local bus users.

“For the work to take place we will eventually be completely closing the existing facility.

“We will be relocating stops to nearby roads and we have worked with Wakefield Council, bus operators and local businesses to do this with minimum inconvenience and disruption during the transformation.”

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.

More than 1,000 people viewed Metro’s plans at consulation events last year.

Yvonne Crewe, Metro’s Wakefield spokeswoman, said: “Nearly every one of the 1,000 people who visited Metro’s exhibitions showing plans for a new Castleford bus station supported the project.”

Coaches will continue to operate from the bus station until phase two of the project gets underway later this year.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “The new bus station will provide a new gateway to Castleford, from which residents, local businesses and visitors can benefit.”

For details of all the changes to buses visit Metro’s website at www.wymetro.com/castlefordbusstation