Wakefield Kirkgate railway station
is a railway station
, West Yorkshire
. Unlike the nearby Wakefield Westgate railway station
, Kirkgate is unstaffed and served mostly by local trains. It is on the Hallam
The original Kirkgate station was opened by the Manchester and Leeds Railway
in 1840, and it remained the only station in central Wakefield until Westgate
was opened in 1867. The present building dates from 1854.
Some demolition work took place in 1972, removing buildings on the island platform and a roof which covered the whole station. A wall remains as evidence of these buildings, with an original ironwork canopy. Following this, Kirkgate was listed
January 2008 saw the demolition of the former goods warehouse to make way for a new depot for Network Rail.
In October 2008, part of the station wall collapsed, destroying a parked car.
Since Westgate has been developed as Wakefield's main station, Kirkgate has been neglected and the station is in a poor state of repair. It is unstaffed and, despite the presence of CCTV
The station is owned by Network Rail
, with Northern Rail
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