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Source: City of Wakefield

​Wakefield Council’s Cabinet will discuss allocating over £1million to improve disabled access at Pontefract Monkhill Station when they meet next week.

If approved, the money will be used to install a new footbridge and lifts so that disabled people can catch trains to and from the station.

A key priority for the Council is to provide access for all to local infrastructure in order to make the Wakefield district a desirable place to live, work and visit.

​Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: “This funding is much needed to improve facilities at Pontefract Monkhill Station. We want to encourage people to use public transport to help them access jobs and facilities in the district and beyond. It also helps to tackle congestion on our roads and cut carbon emissions.

“Installing a footbridge and lifts at Monkhill will make it much more accessible to everyone, improving the lives of our disabled residents and visitors.”

Northern Trains Limited will manage and deliver the scheme. The scheme design is due to start in autumn 2020. Subject to approvals and consents from the rail authorities, construction of the Beacon Footbridge with lifts scheme should commence in spring 2022 over a four-month period, opening in summer 2022.

The estimated capital cost of the project is £3.088million – which will be funded by £300,000 from the LTP Integrated Transport Block (West Yorkshire Combined Authority fixed contribution), £1million from Department for Transport Access for All Mid-Tier Programme funding, £1,088,000 from Wakefield Council, £200,000 from Network Rail Building RAM and £500,000 from Network Rail CP6 Renewals Fund Budget, with any additional gap-funding coming from this budget.

Members of Wakefield’s Cabinet are meeting virtually on Tuesday 13 October at 10.30am to discuss the plans. The meeting can be watched live or later on the Council’s website.

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