Public Transport: Local Choices

With a variety of handy tools and great services available, it’s never been easier to travel around by public transport. New technology means you don’t have to wait around at bus stops, many buses and trains now have WiFi on board, cashless ticket options and more!

City Fields is located just a short walk from a number of high frequency bus services which stop on Doncaster Road. These services provide access to a range of local destinations including Wakefield, Leeds, Pontefract, Knottingley, Castleford and more! As development across the City Fields area progresses these options will be enhanced further through new bus services which will stop on Neil Fox Way.

If your journey is over a longer distance, travel by rail can be a great option! Sandal & Agbrigg, Wakefield Kirkgate and Wakefield Westgate stations can all be accessed easily from your new home at City Fields, providing plenty of choice for rail users. Take a look at our map to find out where the stations are located, and how you can access them.

Sandal & Agbrigg station is served by frequent local services to destinations including Wakefield Westgate, Leeds, Sheffield and Doncaster. Wakefield Kirkgate provides frequent services to local destinations including Leeds, Barnsley, Meadowhall and Sheffield, whilst also serving the wider regional and national rail network with direct connections available to London. Wakefield Westgate sits on the east coast mainline, providing access to destinations including London Kings Cross, Plymouth, Glasgow and Newcastle, as well as a wide range of local and regional locations.

Key Local Bus Services

The following services all stop on Doncaster Road, just a 5-minute walk from City Fields. Simply select the service number to view a timetable, or follow our handy advice on planning a journey by public transport to explore your options.

The 148/149 bus services are operated by Arriva Yorkshire and offer a regular connection between Wakefield and Knottingley; via Pontefract.

The 148 and 149 run every 30 minutes Monday – Saturday daytime, providing 4 services an hour. This changes to an hourly service on Sundays, meaning there are 2 services an hour.

Service 186 operates hourly through the day Monday to Saturday, and every two hours through the day on a Sunday. The service, which is operated by Arriva, runs between Wakefield and Pontefract, stopping at locations including Normanton, Castleford and the J32 Outlet Village.

Service 189 operates every 15 minutes through the day Monday to Saturday, reducing to an hourly service on an evening. On a Sunday there is a bus every 30-minutes through the day and once an hour on an evening. The service, which is operated by Arriva, runs between Wakefield and Castleford, stopping at Normanton.

Service 496 operates every 15 minutes through the day Monday to Saturday, reducing to an hourly service on an evening and on a Sunday. The service, which is operated by Arriva, runs between Wakefield and Upton, via Fitzwilliam, Hemsworth and South Elmsall.

Service 485 operates hourly through the day Monday to Saturday, and every two hours on a Sunday. The service, operated by Globe Holidays, runs between Wakefield and South Elmsall, stopping at locations including Crofton, Ackworth and Upton.

Planning your Journey

There are now a number of great options available for those looking to plan a journey by public transport. There’s no need to spend loads of time flicking through timetables to figure out which services work best for you – online journey planners can do that for you!

Our guide to planning a journey by public transport has everything you need to know, including links to some of the great online tools available.

Paying for your Journey

Catching the bus or train no longer has to mean fumbling around for change before hopping on to pay the driver or conductor in a rush! There are so many different ways to pay for your journey now that you may feel a little spoilt for choice!

It’s also important to check that you aren’t paying too much. Whilst paying for single or return tickets is OK for regular or one off journeys, those who travel more frequently by bus and/or rail can save some significant cash by choosing monthly or annual passes.

Check out our guide to ticket options in the local area for more information.

Real Time Information & Apps

Gone are the days of standing around waiting for your bus or train with little idea when it will turn up. Real time information makes it easy to find out exactly where your ride is at, helping you plan when to leave the house, office or coffee shop.

Bus operator apps have proved to offer a real step change when it comes to real time bus information. They display the exact location of your bus on a handy map, in a very similar style to the Uber app which many are now familiar with. If you are undertaking a journey by bus we’d advise that trying out an app is a must, and to help you out we’ve pulled together a handy guide to getting most from bus operator apps.

Bus apps aren’t the only real time information tool, however.

Metro have a great service called ‘yournextbus‘, which uses GPS satellite technology to track the location of buses in West and South Yorkshire. This means you can find out the scheduled or real-time for any bus, at any stop.

Watch the video below to find out more.

Support & Updates

Confused by timetables or just not sure which bus is best to catch? Did you know we can plan your journey for you?
Just let us know where you’re travelling to and we will provide you with an interactive journey plan that clearly sets out your options, with easy to follow, step by step instructions and a handy map.

Get in touch now to get support with your journey.

We’ve also put together a list of helpful Twitter feeds that will keep you up to date with any delays or services changes across the Wakefield area:

Arriva Yorkshire (@arrivayorkshire)
West Yorkshire Metro (@MetroTravelNews)
Network Rail (@networkrail)
Wakefield Council News (@MyWakefield)

Both West Yorkshire Metro and Arriva have web pages devoted to giving service updates and information on any planned disruptions, view them here: