Wakefield is a city in West Yorkshire residing between Leeds and Sheffield. The city of Wakefield has a population of over 76,000 people. Wakefield is situated by the River Calder on the Eastern Edge of the Pennines.
Wakefield maintains excellent transport links with the rest of the UK and is close to the M1, the M62, the A1 (M), the A636 and the A650, amongst others. Ease of commuting extends beyond the region with Wakefield Westgate, the city's mainline station situated on the high speed east coast mainline, offering excellent connections to key UK destinations. Direct half-hourly services operate to London throughout the day with the quickest journey taking under 2 hours. Sheffield, York, Manchester, Liverpool, and Newcastle are also within easy reach. Wakefield also has a comprehensive network of buses and the nearest airport is the Leeds Bradford International Airport which is just 19 miles away.
During the Industrial Revolution Wakefield was a wealthy market town. Wakefield was instrumental in providing the surrounding areas with wool and corn, made possible due to its proximity to Barnsley Canal and later the railways which assisted trade in the city. The glass and textile industries were also prominent within the town of Wakefield, assisting the economy further.
Wakefield provides key employment opportunities within the manufacturing industry, although this has been in decline over recent years. Wholesale and retail continue to do well within the city of Wakefield and both industries are a source of many jobs, whilst transport, communication and health and social work also have a key presence within the city of Wakefield.
More retail, residential and commercial spaces have been built within Wakefield as the city undergoes a period of regeneration. The Trinity Walk retail development was opened in 2011 and provides retail units including department stores and a supermarket, which assists the thriving retail sector in Wakefield. The waterfront is being redeveloped, once complete this will provide more office, retail and restaurant employment opportunities. Landmarks in Wakefield include the Cathedral which has the tallest spire in Yorkshire.
Wakefield's famous forced rhubarb has recently joined the hallowed ranks of protected foods, including Champagne and Parma Ham. The vegetable's popularity is celebrated annually at the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb.
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