Castleford Railway Station Improvement Scheme

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.


Alternatively, you can come and talk to us on Monday 11 March at Castleford Bus Station or Railway Station between 8am - 10am and 3.30pm - 6pm.

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.


Alternatively, you can come and talk to us on Monday 11 March at Castleford Bus Station or Railway Station between 8am - 10am and 3.30pm - 6pm.

Q&A

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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 3 months 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.

  • 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 3 months 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

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

    Howard Gibson asked 3 months 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.

  • 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 3 months 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.

  • 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 3 months 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.

  • 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 3 months 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.