Once described as ‘the worst medium-large station in Britain’ by Lord Adonis, recent work has seen the once near derelict railway station at Wakefield Kirkgate transformed. In 2011 work started on a project to restore the Grade II listed station; the work would ultimately cost some £6 million and see the involvement of almost a dozen funding partners. The success of the work undertaken at the station was recognised at the National Railway Heritage Awards on 2 December 2015 when, at a ceremony held in London, the project was awarded the CrossRail Urban Heritage Award. This award recognises the success of a train operator, station owner or other partnership in ensuring consistently high quality upkeep and enhancement of the environment of a signiﬁcant urban station. The plaque awarded to Groundwork Wakefield was officially unveiled on Friday 24 June 2016 by Danny Fox, Assistant Operations Director for CrossRail, in front of invited guests.
" To recognise, acknowledge and reward, for the public benefit, the very best in restoration, conservation and re-use of our historic railway infrastructure. "