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Click to enlargeWakefield Kirkgate Station
View of the front. Quite an imposing building in its day, but neglected over the years and allowed to decay.
Click to enlarge.October 2015. Kirkagate Railway Station, newly restored.
The latest improvements at Kirkgate are part of the government’s Northern Connect service, which will see stations being staffed daily around West Yorkshire. The restoration and refurbishment work was carried out by the regeneration charity Groundwork Wakefield. (link accessed 28/12/2015)

Click to enlarge Not a happy station in life - Wakefield Kirkgate
On a visit to the city on the 22nd October 2009, the Prime Minister (Mr. Gordon Brown) pledged his support to the campaign led by the Wakefield Express to provide staff at the station - currently, a dark and lonely place at night. (Wakefield Express 23rd October 2009)

A miserable place. However, now that the Prime Minister has spoken, we can expect some action. (And there was some!)

That was the report on 23rd October 2009.

Click to enlargeStaff Our Station
"Legal Threat to make Network Rail pay up."
In 2011, there was some doubt cast on the willingness of Network Rail to contribute sufficient funds to enable the redevlopment of the station to go ahead. The Wakefield Express published an article describing the ordeal of a young woman who had been attacked at the unmanned station a few years before. [Source Wakefield Express]

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2009 - Subway Entrance - a dreary tunnel connects the central island platforms to platform 1 and the station entrance.

"Staff Our Station"
Wakefield Express
Sunday 20 December 2015

A railway station which was called “the worst in Britain” will be staffed from 6am-10pm every day under a new rail operator.

Bleak Kirkgate railway station was a dilapidated eyesore when the Express launched our Staff our Station campaign six years ago.

The grade II-listed station, built in 1854, has since been transformed with a £5.6m refurbishment which includes a new cafe and upgraded passenger facilities with better CCTV, lobby and subway.

Retail space and offices have also been added to the new station, which was reopened in September after the refurbishment by regeneration charity Groundwork Wakefield. (link accessed 28/12/2015)

Now further improvements and extended staffing hours from April have been announced after Arriva was awarded the Northern Rail franchise by the Department for Transport.
[Source Wakefield Express]

Work in progress ■ Promise of faster trains and journeys under new rail franchise (01 April 2016).
Visit ITV News for more information.

Click to enlargeWork in progress - 1.
[18 Jan 2015]

Click to enlargeWork in progress - 2.
[18 Jan 2015]

Click to enlargeWork in progress - 3. Business as usual, the Grand Central arrives from London.
[18 Jan 2015]
Click to enlargeWork in progress - 4. A Grand Central train at the island platform.
[18 Jan 2015]
Job Done  
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The inscription on the wall is the first line of this quote:
"It is the mind which creates the world around us,
and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow,
my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours,
my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched.
George Gissing (b.Wakefield 22nd November 1857).
Click to enlargeThe restored front elevation of the station.
[01 Oct 2015]
Click to enlargeThe station is served by the Metro free city bus; more buses are available in Kirkgate, a short distance from the station. Visit Metro - Transport for West Yorkshire, for details.
[01 Oct 2015]
Click to enlarge. The access road and car park. [01 Oct 2015] Click to enlarge.Platform 1 and the subway entrance.
[01 Oct 2015]
Click to enlargeRunning up that hill, the subway to the central island.
[27 Oct 2015]
Click to enlarge.The subway linking the island platforms with platform 1.
[27 Oct 2015]
Click to enlarge.The island platforms. The building houses the subway ramp.
[01 Oct 2015]
A £5.6 m station refurbishment and new business units are open. The station won a Ntional Railways Heritage Award for Urban Heritage 2016.'
[Source: The Citizen, Spring 2016, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.]


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