In this week’s Express

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WE report on how it is hoped plans to revamp Castleford Railway Station – including opening the second platform – could lead to new jobs.

Also in news:

An animal rescue centre in Allerton Bywater is appealing for people to rehome unwanted pets as it faces the strain with rising numbers and fewer adoptions thanks to the ongoing financial crisis.

Little Charlie Mallinson was an extra guest for Christmas dinner when he arrived a day early after mum Kerry Ashurst gave birth on Christmas Day.

Community champions Kebir Berry, Norman Gundill and June Cliffe have all received MBEs in the Queen’s new year honours list.

In sport:

All the latest news from Featherstone Rovers and Castleford Tigers including a match report, photographs and reaction from Featherstone’s pre-season win over Hunslet Hawks on New Year’s Day.

Match report and photographs from Saturday’s thrilling open-age rugby league Yorkshire Cup final between Nevison Leap and Sharlston Rovers that attracted a bumper crowd of 2,312 to Featherstone’s Big Fellas Stadium.

A full round up of news and results from Pontefract Squash Club’s junior open that was dominated by Malaysian players.

A review of the sporting year in the Pontefract and Castleford area.

In promotions:

Don’t miss our East Coast Railways offer – travel to London or Edinburgh from just £10!

Also catch up on what happened in 2012 with the second part of our review of the year.