Transport Infrastructure

The Wakefield district is the best positioned place for business in the UK. It is situated at the heart of the UK's transport network with unparalleled links to the whole country and further afield by road, rail, air and sea.


• Set astride the M1, M62 and A1, as well as the main line to London, the Wakefield district is located at the hub of the UK's transport network, linking east to west and north to south
• The Wakefield district is also on the West-European Economic Corridor linking us directly to the continent by air and sea
• The accessibility of Wakefield and the availability of land to accommodate housing growth and economic development have put it in a strong position, allowing the district to benefit from opportunities of inward investment



• Wakefield's strategic position at the intersection of the M1 and M62 motorways provides excellent access to all parts of the UK
• The M1 runs through the West of the district providing direct access to Leeds in 10 minutes and London in 3½ hours
• The M62 transpennine motorway links Wakefield directly to the Humber Ports on the east coast and the Port of Liverpool in the north west
• The A1 runs through the east of the district and provides a direct route to Newcastle, the north east and Scotland
• The A1/M1 link road connects the M62 and the M1 at Lofthouse just north of Wakefield with the A1 and A64 to the east of Leeds



• Wakefield Westgate Station lies on the high speed East Coast Mainline between Leeds and London. Regular half-hourly services operate to the capital, which can be reached in less than 2 hours
• Wakefield Kirkgate Station has services to Leeds and Sheffield and stations within the district
• There are 14 train stations within the district as well as the central hubs of Westgate and Kirkgate
• Wakefield Europort incorporates an intermodal railfreight and a 142 ha (350 acres) freight village all on one strategic site adjacent to junction 31 of the M62. The terminal provides a daily direct import/export service between Wakefield and the principal markets on the European mainland via the Channel Tunnel



• Several airports offering domestic and international flights are nearby, including Leeds Bradford, Robin Hood Doncaster/Sheffield, Manchester and Humberside



• The M62 transpennine motorway provides the Wakefield district with a link to the port of Liverpool and, even closer, the four main ports on the Humber Estuary: Hull, Immingham, Grimsby and Goole are gateways to markets in Scandinavia and mainland Europe
• The Wakefield district has a direct link via the River Aire and Calder Navigation with the Humber Ports and other commercial waterways of eastern England
• Wakefield Council signed an MOU with ABP Ports in Goole in 2014 to make it even easier for Wakefield businesses to export across Europe