When is Knottingley train station going to get any major improvements please? The only thing we have received recently is a new shelter and the ticket machine but Woodlesford had major works completed a few years ago providing the ramp and there are works currently on in the car park. Knottingley doesn’t cater for disabled passengers which is appalling and the car park is getting increasingly busier with more houses being built in Knottingley and a more frequent train service. We feel like the poor relation.
The ramp/footbridge was installed as part of a Network Rail safety scheme in 2010 to remove the barrow crossing point across the tracks. The works currently on site at Woodlesford station are to extend the length of the platforms.
The Department for Transport announced that up to £300 million will be made available to extend the Access for All programme nationally between 2019-2024 as part of its ‘Inclusive Transport Strategy’. The programme delivers an obstacle free, accessible route to and between platforms at rail stations including the addition of lifts/ramps. In November 2018 together with the train operator, Northern the Combined Authority has submitted an application of stations nominations which included a nomination for Knottingley station. The Department for Transport is expected to announce which stations have been successful and form part of the Access for All programme during Spring 2019. Knottingley station is included in Network Rail’s programme of platform extensions, further information is available here
Is there a plan to bring the second platform back into use and increase the number of destinations and service frequency from the station? Without doing this, is it really worth spending so much money on it?
Northern Rail have commented that with regards to platform 2, they do not currently require this platform for their operations, however the upgrade works would not prevent any future decision to reintroduce the second platform. In relation to increasing the service frequency from the station, Northern have advised that there are no plans currently but it could be looked at in the future if the extras trains and crewing could be found. Nothing being done on the station as part of the scheme would prevent this from happening
Why not refurbish the redundant platform and extend the line to York and the East coast
Northern Rail have
commented that they do not currently require this platform for their
operations, nothing in the scheme would make the reintroduction of the platform
more costly, nor would any work on the station prove abortive should a decision
be made later to reintroduce the second platform.
As I won't be able to make it on Monday due to work commitments I'd like to ask if there are any plans for staff at this facility because if not I think it will get vandalised sadly and also are there any plans to reopen the other platform as direct services to York and Selby would be excellent. Thank you.
Northern Rail have advised that they currently do not intend to staff the facility. The facility will have CCTV however and following lease of the kiosk, retail staff will be present on site. With regards to platform 2, Northern do not intend to reopen this area.
How many car parking spaces will be available after refurbishment, more or less than the present time. Will there be lighting on the approach to reflections (formerly The Charlotte Hotel)
The current number of car parking spaces will be retained. Lighting will be improved, but only in the areas owned and operated by Network Rail and Northern Rail. This will include the station car park, but will exclude areas outside of this.
I can remember the plans for the "Interchange" and then the "Hub", while will this be any different? Passengers 2017/18: Wakefield Kirkgate 0.526M, Castleford 0.579M. Kirkgate gets a full refurbishment years ago, Castleford as to make do with a glorified outdoor urinal as a shelter from the rain - explain please. Leeds has had three major refurbishments and/or improvements in 20 years, while Casteford has been been repeatedly degraded, how the other half live - explain please.
acknowledged that with over half a million passengers each year it is important
that facilities at the station are improved, and we are confident that these
long awaited improvements will turn the rail station into the welcoming gateway
that Castleford deserves.