Around 50 extra parking spaces will be created taking the total number to 105. The project will also see a new dedicated blue badge parking bays a drop-off point new lighting and CCTV coverage.
This scheme is part of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £32.5m programme of rail car park extensions, which are being funded through the £1bn West Yorkshire 'Plus' Transport Fund. Transport Fund was made possible by Leeds City Region’s 20-year, £1 billion-plus Growth Deal secured from Central Government.
Transport Fund projects are designed to reduce journey times, alleviate congestion and improve air quality. They will also provide people living in more deprived areas with better access to jobs by car and by public transport.
West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Chair Cllr Keith Wakefield said: “Extending South Elsmall and other station car parks supports sustainable economic and employment growth by improving people’s access to the main urban centres where new, good-quality jobs are being created.
“As well as benefiting commuters, enhancing connections across West Yorkshire, the Leeds City Region and beyond through more park and ride stations will help reduce congestion by encouraging more train travel into and between the City Region’s urban centres by rail for other purposes.”
Cllr Matthew Morley Wakefield Council’s Cabinet member for Transport and Highways said: “I am delighted that work has begun on this project, which we have worked very closely with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to ensure is delivered.
“The investment will increase the car parking capacity and make it a safer place with lighting and CCTV, benefitting our local community who use this station.”
Subject to affordable and deliverable designs, other stations that will benefit from car park extensions are Fitzwilliam, Hebden Bridge, Mirfield, Mytholmroyd, Normanton, Shipley and Steeton & Silsden. Future schemes are also being explored at Ben Rhydding and Morley stations. These schemes will also alleviate un-authorised car parking by train users in nearby residential areas.
West Yorkshire already has around 4,500 park and ride spaces at its 68 rail stations and a further 800 spaces at the Elland Road park and Ride in Leeds. A new, 1,000 space park and ride is under construction at Temple Green, two minutes from the M1’s Junction 45.
Construction at South Elmsall is forecast to take a minimum of 13 weeks. While the work is in progress approximately 30 spaces will be available each day for rail users. Flyers about the work containing details of nearby alternative car parks have been distributed to car park users and local residents.
This car park extension at South Elmsall’s rail station follows hot on the heels of the town’s new public transport hub, which was opened in November. Located on the site of the town’s old bus terminal, the new transport hub features new shelters, improved lighting and yournextbus real-time departure screens. Cycle parking was been updated, and better pedestrian links between the bus and rail stations created. A re-designed pedestrian crossing means it is now easier for passengers to access Doncaster Road.
The £350,000 scheme, developed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority in partnership with Wakefield Council and constructed by Amey, provides a focal point for public transport journeys to and from South Elmsall.