Wakefield Council is set to provide additional parking spaces in the city centre, just in time for the festive season. Beginning early December, 70 new parking spaces will be made available at the location of the former Westgate rail station.

Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer more parking to support daytime shopping and the evening economy as we head into the festive period.

“These new spaces will bring a welcome boost to city centre parking. I am pleased that they’ll be open from December, during what is always a busy time for the city.”

Furthermore, the former Rishworth Street car park is scheduled to temporarily reopen for parking from November 17 to January 1, 2024. The Rishworth Street site is part of an exciting housing development undertaken by Rushbond, encompassing the revitalization of the old police station on Wood Street.

Rushbond has collaborated closely with the Council to minimize disruptions during site preparation and project phasing. In a supportive move for shoppers and visitors to Wakefield, Rushbond is allowing the temporary reuse of the car park during the bustling festive period.

Cllr Michael Graham, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: “The city centre will be all lit up for Christmas and with all the great shopping, bars and restaurants we have on offer, this extra parking will make it easier for people to come and visit and enjoy.”