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Source: City of Wakefield

Cllr Matthew Morley and ward members at Pontefract Monkhill Station

A scheme to improve disabled access at Pontefract Monkhill Station has taken another step forward.

Wakefield Council has already allocated over £1million towards the scheme and the Combined Authority has now confirmed its funding contribution towards the delivery costs.

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: “I am delighted that the scheme to provide these much-needed facilities at Pontefract Monkhill Station has taken another step forward and WYCA’s contribution is vital.

“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.”

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: “We are extremely pleased to be supporting this important project, meaning Monkhill station will become much more accessible for all, including those with disabilities. 

“Projects like these remove barriers to public transport and help connect more people to work, education and services and improve standards of living.” 

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.

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