Castleford Railway Station Improvement Scheme

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Important notice to car park users
A change to the order of works to upgrade the Castleford Rail Station has resulted in the re-introduction of an additional 10 spaces for car park users from 17th March 2020.


Bringing forward the planned demolition of the old station building, will enable contractors The Input Group to create the additional parking spaces that valid permit holders will be able to use free of charge.


Creating these spaces will mean closing the existing car park from Thursday evening at 8pm on the 12th March to 6am Tuesday morning on the 17th March to guarantee people’s safety.

During this time, permit holders displaying a valid permit will be able to park free of charge at the nearby Castlefields car park.



The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, in partnership with Northern, Network Rail and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, are making significant improvements and enhancements to Castleford railway station to provide a more attractive and welcoming gateway to Castleford town centre.

Improvements include:

  • A modern, high quality passenger waiting facility including a ticket vending machine, seating and a disabled toilet.
  • Sheltered cycle parking.
  • Significant public realm improvements both to the area around the station and on key walking routes between the rail station, the town centre and the bus station. This will include footway treatments, landscaping and signage.
  • Changes to the car park layout to allow for easier pedestrian and non-motorised access.
  • Significant refurbishment of the subway underpass to create a more attractive link between the rail station and residential areas in the south of Castleford town centre. This will include resurfacing the footway and adding new wall cladding, lighting and CCTV.


To find out more and see visuals of the plans please click here.


Construction works have now started and are expected to be completed during autumn 2020.


Car park

Passengers using Castlefields car park free of charge during the car park works would need to display a valid permit.

Car Parking Permits are available from Castleford Travel Centre located in Castleford Bus Station and Wellington House Reception, LS1 2DE.

To obtain a permit customers will need to have a valid monthly or annual pass. Proof of purchase is required for Northern tickets & Smartcard.


Conditions as stated on the back of the permit;

The ticket is the property of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and must be produced or surrendered on request. Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, WYCA, the Train Operating Companies and Network Rail accept no responsibility for loss or damage sustained by persons or vehicles in the car park. Use of this ticket is confined to the purchaser of the corresponding MCard/MetroCard or rail season ticket and indicates acceptance of these conditions.


Important notice to car park users
A change to the order of works to upgrade the Castleford Rail Station has resulted in the re-introduction of an additional 10 spaces for car park users from 17th March 2020.


Bringing forward the planned demolition of the old station building, will enable contractors The Input Group to create the additional parking spaces that valid permit holders will be able to use free of charge.


Creating these spaces will mean closing the existing car park from Thursday evening at 8pm on the 12th March to 6am Tuesday morning on the 17th March to guarantee people’s safety.

During this time, permit holders displaying a valid permit will be able to park free of charge at the nearby Castlefields car park.



The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, in partnership with Northern, Network Rail and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, are making significant improvements and enhancements to Castleford railway station to provide a more attractive and welcoming gateway to Castleford town centre.

Improvements include:

  • A modern, high quality passenger waiting facility including a ticket vending machine, seating and a disabled toilet.
  • Sheltered cycle parking.
  • Significant public realm improvements both to the area around the station and on key walking routes between the rail station, the town centre and the bus station. This will include footway treatments, landscaping and signage.
  • Changes to the car park layout to allow for easier pedestrian and non-motorised access.
  • Significant refurbishment of the subway underpass to create a more attractive link between the rail station and residential areas in the south of Castleford town centre. This will include resurfacing the footway and adding new wall cladding, lighting and CCTV.


To find out more and see visuals of the plans please click here.


Construction works have now started and are expected to be completed during autumn 2020.


Car park

Passengers using Castlefields car park free of charge during the car park works would need to display a valid permit.

Car Parking Permits are available from Castleford Travel Centre located in Castleford Bus Station and Wellington House Reception, LS1 2DE.

To obtain a permit customers will need to have a valid monthly or annual pass. Proof of purchase is required for Northern tickets & Smartcard.


Conditions as stated on the back of the permit;

The ticket is the property of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and must be produced or surrendered on request. Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, WYCA, the Train Operating Companies and Network Rail accept no responsibility for loss or damage sustained by persons or vehicles in the car park. Use of this ticket is confined to the purchaser of the corresponding MCard/MetroCard or rail season ticket and indicates acceptance of these conditions.


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    Are you bringing platform two back into use? Also, what I’d like to see is the station physically remodelled in similar fashion to what’s been done to Market Harborough. The platforms there have been straightened and the linespeed increased. Adding two facing crossovers just west of the station would a good idea too.

    Nigel K Thomas asked 3 months ago

    This aim of this project is to provide better facilities at Castleford station. Unfortunately, platform 2 works are not within the scope of the current station improvements. This is something that is being investigated as part of Network Rail’s Transpennine Route Upgrade, and is independent to this station improvement project. Similarly, any alterations to the track layout are also outside of the scope of this project.

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    Why are you using grey bricks? This could look really depressing, what will you do to ensure the station is visually pleasent to look at? Will you be landscaping with green shrubs , trees?

    S livingstone asked 27 days ago

    The brickwork at Castleford station will be a shade of blue/grey. This was selected in order to remain consistent with the Castleford bus station refurbishments in 2014/15, and provide a modern aesthetic. There will be no vegetation as part of this station upgrade. Images of what the new station building will look like can be found at the following link: https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/castleford_rail/widgets/6635/documents

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    When is the underpass going to change?, will it be blocked off from going under at some point?, hopefully the underpass makes it less scary to go under.

    John 117 asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question.

    We are currently reviewing the timescales relating to the underpass as a result of the current social distancing restrictions related to COVID-19. The current underpass will be refurbished to make it safer and provide more inviting access to the station. The refurbishment will include new wall and floor surfacing, lighting and CCTV.

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    Will there be any trains running to the east coast or York

    Terry fish asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your query. The current works at Castleford rail station are purely designed to improve the station itself for the comfort and well-being of passengers. This is not connected to the services that run through there.

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    It would be common sense to open and reinstate the 2nd platform. I was on the Huddersfield train which had to go to the very end to allow the Leeds to Sheffield Train to stop. Might have been different if it was one of the new 3-4 car trains

    Col asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, platform 2 is not within the scope of these station improvements. 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.

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    Is "Thank you for your query. We have spoken to Wakefield Council which has confirmed that unfortunately Castlefields car park will only be available free to permit holders during the car park closure, which is currently from August to November. In the meantime, Northern Rail have been asked to work with Network Rail and the contractor to find ways to alleviate the pressure on parking spaces." your answer to everything????????????????????????????????????????????????

    pip asked 4 months ago

    We are pleased to report that the work to alleviate the pressure on spaces has now completed with the result that from 17th March 2020, 10 extra car park spaces have been re-introduced. 

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    Please can you bring forward the scheme to provide parking at Castlefields, we tried to park at Glasshoughton today due to Castleford being full but that glasshoughton was also full. I have emailed WDH as I have witnessed WDH staff and visitors abusing the station carpark for there benefit which is unacceptable.

    Gareth asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your query. We have spoken to Wakefield Council which has confirmed that unfortunately Castlefields car park will only be available free to permit holders during the car park closure, which is currently from August to November. In the meantime, Northern Rail have been asked to work with Network Rail and the contractor to find ways to alleviate the pressure on parking spaces.

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    Hi following on from Beverley's question below the carpark has 20 less spaces already so what do those of us do who don't need to be in the station until the 8am train?? Can we not start using the Castlefields? You surely cant expect over 20 commuters who park to just give up until the car park closes? Also exactly when will it close? I have heard 2 months July to August and also now on here August to November? I also was informed by the Council that the car park would only lose 4 spaces until the car park was closed for 2 months but we are 2 weeks in this 9 month journey and we've lost 20 spaces. You have to consider the commuters during this? Also looks like we will be losing 4 spaces as we currently have 65 plus 1 disabled we will in future have 62 plus 3 disabled. Will the station be staffed if so will they take up parking too as we cant afford to lose anymore we need more!!

    debs asked 5 months ago

    Wakefield Council have confirmed that Castlefields car park will only be available free to permit holders during the car park closure, which currently is from August to November. These dates may change if other works complete early or are unexpectedly delayed, as could the duration of the works. The improvements at Castleford rail station include provision of a new passenger waiting facility, removal of old infrastructure, public realm improvements, and refurbishment of the underpass. These require the contractor to set up a compound in order to safely progress the works, which regrettably means closing off a portion of the car park, thereby displacing some car park users. The size of the compound has unfortunately meant that more parking spaces were taken up than was originally anticipated. Northern Rail have been asked to work with Network Rail and the contractor to find ways to alleviate the pressure on parking spaces.

    Northern Rail have confirmed that there is no intention to staff the station for the foreseeable future.

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    The work is underway for the railway station in Castleford already taking up some of the car park spaces leaving limited spaces ... can we now use Castlefields ? Thanks

    ellen asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your query. We have spoken to Wakefield Council which has confirmed that unfortunately Castlefields car park will only be available free to permit holders during the car park closure, which is currently from August to November. In the meantime, Northern Rail have been asked to work with Network Rail and the contractor to find ways to alleviate the pressure on parking spaces.

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    The contractors have now taken up almost a third of the car park contrary to the website saying a few spaces. If you are not there before 7 you cannot park people are also parking randomly within the car park making it a dangerous environment. Would it be possible for the castle fields car parking permit to be brought forward from August.

    Allison asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your query. We have spoken to Wakefield Council which has confirmed that unfortunately Castlefields car park will only be available free to permit holders during the car park closure, which is currently from August to November. In the meantime, Northern Rail have been asked to work with Network Rail and the contractor to find ways to alleviate the pressure on parking spaces.

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    I have a parking permit for Castleford train station as I have an annual train pass from metro house in Leeds. Although you say we can only use Castlefields car park in August to November as the car park will be closed, currently more & more spaces are being blocked off to car users. Can we not therefore use Castlefields car park now as it seems unfair that we should have to pay twice if there are no spaces left before 8am. Your cooperation would be appreciated.

    Angela Davison asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your query. We have spoken to Wakefield Council which has confirmed that unfortunately Castlefields car park will only be available free to permit holders during the car park closure, which is currently from August to November. In the meantime, Northern Rail have been asked to work with Network Rail and the contractor to find ways to alleviate the pressure on parking spaces.

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    Will their be any new train lines to new places going through castle ford

    TT asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your query. The current works at Castleford rail station are purely designed to improve the station itself for the comfort and well-being of passengers. This is not connected to the services that run through there.

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    Will the old platform 2 of castle ford be in use?

    TT asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, platform 2 is not within the scope of these station improvements.

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    I have a parking permit for Castleford station but wasn't able to get into the car park this morning as it was full well before 8am, so I had to go to Castlefields and pay. You say that passengers using Castlefields car park free of charge during the car park works will need to display a valid permit. Does this mean that I can get a parking permit for Castlefields, or did you mean Castleford?

    Beverley asked 5 months ago

    Currently rail station car park permit holders will only be able to use Castlefields car park free of charge during the rail station car park construction period (currently August to November) as the station car park will be closed to facilitate these works. Car parking permits are available from Castleford Travel Centre located in Castleford Bus Station and at The Combined Authority offices reception desk at Wellington House, Wellington Street, LS1 2DE. To obtain a permit customers will need to have a valid monthly or annual pass. Proof of purchase is required for Northern tickets & Smartcard.


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    My question is in relation to the old buildings located at the far left of platform one at the Castleford train station, are these buildings due to be refurbished as part of the improvements?

    Gordon Kerr asked 5 months ago
    The old station building will be demolished as part of the improvement scheme. This is required to retain the same number of car parking spaces as is currently available. A new high quality passenger waiting facility with heating, seating and an accessible toilet is being provided as part of the improvement scheme.
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    When can we start to use the Castleford train station regular user permits for Castlefields? Will the train station car park be closed later in the renovation work and then we use Castlefields, or can we start to use it now - as part of the parking area is cordoned off it's sometimes difficult to find a space.

    Beverley asked 5 months ago
    The remodelling works for the rail station car park will require its full closure (current timescales August to November). Rail station permit holders will only be able to use Castlefields car park free of charge during this period.
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    Can you confirm exactly how many parking spaces there will be following completion excluding disabled spaces. We need loads more than we have at present. It's full to bursting every day. If new lines are getting added and a chance the second platform gets opened surely you need to add at least 20 more spaces to accommodate. Please also make it permit only as people in the town use it and its unfair to rail users.

    D asked 5 months ago
    The car park will be remodelled to allow safer vehicle and pedestrian movement. The remodelling works will retain the same number of parking spaces that are currently at the car park (65).This figure includes 3 blue badge spaces. Parking conditions at the rail station car park are governed by Wakefield Council and therefore they would need to be approached in relation to making the car park permit holders only.
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    Someone previously asked how many spaces would be available after the refurbishment and your answer was that the current number will be retained, but I was told this morning that we will be losing quite a few as some of the car park is being pedestrianised. Is that correct? The car park isn't big enough now, so to lose up to a third of the spaces will mean that you have to be there by 7:30 or have no chance of getting parked.

    Beverley asked 5 months ago

    The public realm area adjacent to the rail station car park will be increased. The car park will be remodelled to accommodate this and also allow safer vehicle and pedestrian movement. The remodelling works will retain the same number of parking spaces that are currently at the car park.

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    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.

    Ned asked over 1 year ago

    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.

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    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?

    Neil Underwood asked over 1 year ago

    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

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    Why not refurbish the redundant platform and extend the line to York and the East coast

    Howard Gibson asked over 1 year ago

    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.

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    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.

    Michael Reynard asked over 1 year ago

    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.

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    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)

    jeannieh1969 asked over 1 year ago

    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.

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    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.

    budboy asked over 1 year ago

    It is 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.