It’s good news to hear that work on facilities at Monkhill railway station Pontefract is about to begin.
A number of improvements will be made including 58 car parking spaces, covered cycle parking, improved pedestrian access, better lighting and CCTV.
It is hoped that this important regeneration work, which will take about three months, will encourage more people to use the station. Added to this, should there be a positive decision this spring from the Department for Transport regarding increased service provision from 2016, then it will mean that Pontefract will be much better served with more frequent trains to and from Leeds/Wakefield.
Members of the campaign group for improved rail services for Pontefract, Knottingley and Featherstone have been pushing for improvements but it is important to put on record that officers from both Wakefield MDC and Metro have worked hard on making the case for this area to train service providers. However, as any regular train user will know we need to keep pushing for better connections as well as improved conditions on the trains themselves. It is unsatisfactory, to say the least, that we have three train stations but still struggle to get anywhere fast, never mind on occasions in ordinary standards of comfort.
So the campaigning to improve train connections must continue in order to address the needs of everyday travellers and also ensure that Pontefract is helped to retain and develop its reputation as a place of significance both from the past, to the present and for the future.
Coun Celia Loughran
Campaign for Improved Rail Services Pontefract, Knottingley and