Green light for bus station plan

Long-awaited plans for a multi-million pound revamp of Castleford bus station have been given the green light by council bosses.

Planning permission for the new drive-in-reverse-out facility on Albion Street was granted by Wakefield Council and construction is now due to start early next year.

Transport operator Metro will now finalise plans for the £5.5m project, which includes a fully-enclosed waiting area, real time information screens a Metro Travel Centre, retail unit, CCTV coverage throughout and public toilets.

Coun Denise Jeffrey, who represents the Castleford ward, said: “I am pleased that plans are moving ahead for Castleford’s new bus station.

“This is great news for the area, providing fantastic new and improved transport facilities for residents and visitors to the town.”

Plans were submitted in July for the new station after a series of public exhibitions were held showcasing proposals for redevelopment of the site.

Metro will now appoint a contractor to carry out the work and it is hoped the bus station will open before spring 2015.

Yvonne Crewe, Metro’s district spokesperson for Wakefield, said: “During consultations earlier in the year, many people turned out to support those plans.

“It shows the importance people in Castleford place on good transport facilities and I am sure that through this new bus station we will be able to meet that demand.”

Some bus services will be diverted to existing and temporary bus stops around Castleford town centre, and Metro is liaising with the council and local businesses to minimise any disruption during the construction phase.

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