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Retailers move into Wakefield’s Westgate railway station

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The Leeds office of national property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has secured tenants for all of the new units in the regenerated Wakefield Westgate Station.

This is the latest success story for the LSH and East Coast partnership and will see Costa Coffee take space at the station, joined by Greggs, WHSmith and Subway, who will all move into newly created units.

Jonathan Henley, Surveyor in LSH’s Transport Consultancy team said:

“As the final stages of the Westgate Station redevelopment project reach completion, we’re pleased to have secured four major brands and look forward to welcoming them to the Station.

“The improvements to both of Wakefield’s stations will do a great deal to unlock the city’s potential and invite visitors in to see what the area has to offer.

“We have enjoyed working closely with East Coast’s Estates team on this project and hopefully the strength of the relationship is evident in the results we are producing and the quality of schemes that we are delivering.”

The building of a new station at Wakefield Westgate is the latest in a long line of major developments in the city and follows the completion of the Merchant Gate office, retail and residential scheme, which the station has very close links to.

The new station also sits adjacent to the City Council’s 1,400 space multi-storey car park which has been designed to encourage more people to ‘park and ride’ into Leeds and London, as opposed to driving the whole way.

The railway station improvement project has also boosted the local economy by investing in more jobs and improving access for visitors to the city.

Paul Milnes, estates manager at East Coast, said:

“The new purpose-built Westgate Station fulfils a key role in creating a gateway to the city for its many business visitors as well as the local community.

“The enhanced services now offered at the station will be a great addition to the city.

“Having secured four major retail tenants in advance of the opening demonstrates the continued strength of station retailing on East Coast stations.”

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