City centre car parks to close as regeneration plans take next steps

Rishworth Street and Gills Yard car parks in Wakefield will be permanently closed from midnight on Sunday 18 June, so that work can begin on an exciting new private sector development that will see the former police station on Wood Street transformed.

The car parks form part of the site now earmarked for a high-quality residential offer. As Rushbond, the developer, is due to start work in July, the car parks will close. The ambitious plans form part of the Civic Quarter regeneration and will re-purpose one of the most historic areas of Wakefield city centre as a place where people can live, work and socialise.

Cllr Matthew Morley
Cllr Matthew Morley

Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: “The surface-level car park on Rishworth Street was created as a temporary measure following the demolition of the multi-storey car park. It now needs to make way for this exciting regeneration project that will breathe new life into this historic part of the city.

“We know that many of the spaces in these car parks are used by people who work around the Civic Quarter, including our own Council staff. We will be directing people to other long stay parking spaces, as well as creating new ones this Summer and Autumn.”

70 additional long-stay parking spaces in the city centre at the former Westgate rail station car park will be available from Autumn 2023.

Other alterations in the Summer will include:

  • Rishworth Street on street – new area of parking 10 bays
  • Laburnum Road on street – the length of stay will increase from up to 2 hours to all day (long stay).

Alternative long stay parking can currently be found at the following locations:

On-street pay and display areas available for over four hours

  • Newstead Road                        
  • Margaret Street                      
  • Westfield Road
  • Grove Road
  • St Johns North
  • West Parade

Off-street car parks available for over four hours

  • Garden Street and Back Garden Street
  • Tavora Street
  • Turton Street
  • Thornhill Street
  • Unity House
  • Carter Street
  • Brunswick Street
  • Upper Warrengate

Parking is also available at

  • Merchant Gate MSCP, Mulberry Way
  • Ridings Shopping Centre
  • Trinity Walk Shopping Centre
  • Other private car parks operating locally

Parking charges may vary, please check before parking.

More information about parking can be found at