Wakefield Kirkgate railway station is a railway station in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. Unlike the nearby Wakefield Westgate railway station, Kirkgate is unstaffed. The station is managed by Northern Rail but also served by Grand Central. It is on the Hallam, Pontefract, Huddersfield lines and also has a limited number of intercity services to London King's Cross.
Since Westgate developed as Wakefield's main station, Kirkgate was neglected for many years and was in a poor state of repair. It is currently unstaffed and, despite the presence of CCTV, the local consensus was the current state of its facilities discourages its use.
The station is owned by Network Rail, with Northern Rail leasing the facilities it uses. Such maintenance work as took place was focused on these areas, leaving the rest of the station derelict. Plans to redevelop the station are currently underway after criticism of the main stakeholders; Northern Rail, Wakefield city council and Network Rail.
A pub outside the station, the Wakefield Arms, a Grade II listed building closed since 2003. The building has suffered from vandalism and contributes to the run-down atmosphere of the area. The derelict state of the pub led to Wakefield Metropolitan District Council issuing a Section 215 notice under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 ordering the owner to make improvements, but as of May 2011 this had been ignored.
Kirkgate station is believed by some to be haunted, with stories circulating about paranormal activity. Some enthusiasts have claimed that the ghost of a woman in a Victorian dress has been seen wandering the subway between platforms 1 and 2 at night.