Monkhill masterplan gets approval

Campaigners are calling for transport minister Lord Andrew Adonis to visit Monkhill Railway station which is in desperate need of a revamp before a new London service starts there from December
Campaigners are calling for transport minister Lord Andrew Adonis to visit Monkhill Railway station which is in desperate need of a revamp before a new London service starts there from December

A MASTERPLAN to give a Pontefract railway station a makeover has been given the green light by council chiefs.

Plans to overhaul facilities at Monkhill station were rubber-stamped by Wakefield Council’s cabinet on Tuesday.

Deputy council leader Denise Jeffery said the council needed to make progress with the developments sooner rather than later.

She added: “We need to move this forward – it’s the opportunity to make improvements. We want more funding, but we have to take what we can get.

“It’s a start, but we have to encourage people to use the station more to forge ahead with the scheme.”

The scheme – drawn up in association with transport operator Metro and Pontefract Civic Society – includes proposals to provide more car parking spaces, install cycle storage, additional CCTV, improved lighting and the possibility of a bus service to and from the station.

Peter Cookson, Pontefract Civic Society president, said: “There’s got to be a whole plan, not just a piecemeal plan of improvements here and there. We’re trying to be supportive and not unduly critical but as to the plan that’s been approved, we’re in the dark as far as the details are concerned.”