Castleford Railway Station Improvement Scheme

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Important notice to car park users

To enable us to carry out improvement work at Castleford station, we will be closing the station car park between 6th August and 26th October 2020. During this time, permit holders displaying a valid permit will be able to park free of charge at the nearby Castlefields car park a short walk away. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

The rail station car park closure coincides with the improvement works to the underpass. Due to social distancing requirements the underpass will be closed during this period from 27th July 2020 to 15th September 2020 and therefore the following diversion route has been recommended.


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

To enable us to carry out improvement work at Castleford station, we will be closing the station car park between 6th August and 26th October 2020. During this time, permit holders displaying a valid permit will be able to park free of charge at the nearby Castlefields car park a short walk away. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

The rail station car park closure coincides with the improvement works to the underpass. Due to social distancing requirements the underpass will be closed during this period from 27th July 2020 to 15th September 2020 and therefore the following diversion route has been recommended.


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 we getting more camera's outside the tunnel too? I've encountered 'violent' drunk people threatening people outside the side of the tunnel, I'm concerned at the moment there is a lack of CCTV coming from both sides of the entrances. Also noticed you recently mentioned 'social distancing', does that mean the underpass while be becoming wider inside the underpass?, since it has been difficult in the past to avoid people and near impossible to get through the underpass while trying to do social distancing. What will be done to the underpass to make sure it doesn't revert back to it's previous poor state? the problem is in the past it has been vandalised repeatably, has had strange smells coming there for a while, even had people loitering making it impossible to get past, even bikers that refuse to slow down when going down. I kind of wish the underpass was removed entirely and replaced with a normal above crossing since I don't feel the underpass has ever felt safe, feel it's out-dated.

    Spark asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for getting in touch regarding the underpass works at Castleford Rail Station. I’m sorry to hear of the unpleasant experiences you have encountered at the underpass.   As part of these works, CCTV cameras will be installed on either side of the underpass, in an attempt to increase the safety of the route and discourage antisocial behaviour. Lighting will be added to the underpass, along with new wall cladding and a resurfaced footway. We hope this will make the route more appealing, have a safer atmosphere, and discourage vandalism. Wakefield Council maintain the underpass and are responsible for dealing with anti-social behavioural issues and as such I have forwarded your concerns to them.

    The underpass will not be widened. Initially, the underpass was to remain partially open to allow people to pass through whilst the works were being carried out. However, due to the government guidelines on social distancing, it is no longer possible to do this safely. For this reason, the underpass has been fully closed whilst works are taking place to ensure the safety of the public and staff.  


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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 6 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 6 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 7 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 6 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 8 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 8 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 8 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.