Park and ride extension plans for Normanton Station

Total number of park and ride spaces at Normanton station to be increased to 173, including an additional seven blue badge bays.

Over 120 extra spaces could be created at Normanton rail station if a £2 million scheme is approved at next week’s meeting of the Combined Authority’s Investment Committee.

If given the go-ahead, the scheme would see the total number of park and ride spaces at Normanton station increased to 173, including an additional seven blue badge bays.

Increasing opportunity

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of Transport for West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “Normanton is the latest station on the West Yorkshire rail network where we are extending the car park to increase the opportunity for commuters to park and ride by train for the last part of their journey.

“As a result of Transport Fund schemes, we are creating around 2,000 of these new park and ride spaces at West Yorkshire stations, which will take the overall total in West Yorkshire to around 7,000.

“By encouraging people to park and ride by train and bus, we are helping to combat congestion and the pollution it causes in our town and city centres as well as helping the City Region to reach its target of being a net zero carbon economy by 2038 at the latest.”

West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund

Financed through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, the scheme will also include enhanced drainage infrastructure, CCTV, low energy lighting and provision of electrical ducting for two future electric charging bays.

It is supported through the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal - a £1billion package of Government investment delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

Wakefield Council is backing the £2million scheme.

Much-needed spaces

Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: “We want to encourage our residents to use trains to travel within our district and beyond.

“Not only does it link them to jobs, education and leisure facilities, it helps to tackle traffic congestion and improve air quality.

“These extra spaces are much needed at Normanton and we fully support WYCA’s bid.”

The Investment Committee meting takes place at 11am on Thursday 5 March at Wellington House in Leeds. It is a public meeting, and everybody is welcome.

Agenda and papers for Investment Committee meeting.