New moorings for Leeds waterways ahead of major festival

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A scheme to improve the waterways of Leeds and draw more visiting boats to the city has been completed ahead of a major festival.

New moorings and better access to the city’s attractions are among the improvements made by the Canal and River Trust’s North East Waterway Partnership with just over a week to go until the eighth Leeds Waterfront Festival.

The stay-time has increased on the Aire and Calder Navigation, and brand new moorings have been created at Knostrop Lock, Leeds Lock, Brewery Wharf and Fearns Wharf.

David Lowe, from the trust’s North East Waterway Partnership, said: “This is great news for boaters wanting to visit Leeds but also for the city itself – particularly with the Leeds Waterfront Festival just around the corner.

“As a partnership we recognised that there was a need for more provision of moorings within the city and so we made it one of our priorities.

“Leeds has so much to offer visiting boaters and we’re delighted that they now have significantly more choice of where to stay and can use a number of key facilities. We look forward to seeing more boaters visit the city and enjoying all of its attractions and that can only be a good thing for local businesses.”

An agreement is also in place that will make the Granary Wharf moorings free and a water point at Office Wharf will come back into use.

The trust said it wanted to work with other landowners to increase the number of berths for visiting boats.

The Leeds Waterfront Festival will take place Saturday June 27 and Sunday June 28.