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.

The unveiled plaque in front of the restored main building at Wakefield Kirkgate with, from left to right, Danny Fox, Assistant Operations Director for CrossRail, John Ellis, Chairman of NRHA, Stuart Baker, Department for Transport and Chairman of the BRB, Robin Leleux, Chairman of the NRHA adjudicators, Peter Cooper, Groundwork Wakefield board, Andy Savage, Director of the Railway Heritage Trust and a trustee of the NRHA, and Harj Sindhu, Corporate Services Director for Groundwork.

The unveiled plaque in front of the restored main building at Wakefield Kirkgate with, from left to right, Danny Fox, Assistant Operations Director for CrossRail, John Ellis, Chairman of NRHA, Stuart Baker, Chairman of Groundwork Yorkshire and Humber, Robin Leleux, Chairman of the NRHA adjudicators, Peter Cooper, Groundwork Wakefield board, Andy Savage, Director of the Railway Heritage Trust and a trustee of the NRHA, and Harj Sindhu, Corporate Services Director for Groundwork.