Old Westgate Station

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An artist's impression of the future Old Westgate Station Hotel building.

The Council aims to support tourism and business in the city. By encouraging visitors to stay for longer, more people will be able to enjoy and experience all that Wakefield has to offer.

The Old Westgate train station was bought by the Council in 2023, and the site was earmarked for a new purpose built 3 to 4-star hotel.

Neighbouring historic Pemberton House is to be re-furbished and brought back into use as office space.

Careful consideration has been given to creating new urban green spaces, sustainable drainage, and access routes associated with this project. 


  • deliver a new three or four-star hotel by spring 2026
  • provide approximately 110 extra hotel bedrooms in the city centre 
  • create up to 8,000 square metres of public green space by spring 2026


  • new quality hotel space in the city centre
  • support for tourism by encouraging more visitors to stay overnight in the city centre
  • creation of new job opportunities
  • boost to the local economy and support for local business
  • improved connectivity and safety in the city centre
  • improved image and perception of Wakefield city centre as a visitor destination


City centre regeneration news update leaflet
  • 2013 - The old station closes, and a new Wakefield Westgate railway station opens on Mulberry Way
  • 2023 - The Council purchased the old Westgate railway station site from Network Rail
  • 2024 – Contract awarded to Developer
  • 2024-2025 – Design and Planning applications
  • 2025-2026 – Hotel construction to begin /complete


This project is part of Wakefield’s £24.1m Towns Deal.

Funding for this project expires on 31 March 2026.

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