City Buzz: New bus will help Leeds Dock stay afloat

Leeds Dock Market.
Leeds Dock Market.
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AS REGULAR readers will know, City Buzz has always hoped against hope that someone would come up with a plan to make the most out of Leeds Dock.

The new water taxi and monthly markets were a great first step and were introduced after Allied London took over the Clarence Dock site in 2012.

The water taxis at Leeds Dock.

The water taxis at Leeds Dock.

Before then, the site struggled after opening in 2008 and around half of its 35 shop units ended up lying empty for years.

But Allied London, which is behind Manchester’s successful Spinningfields development, obviously saw an opportunity and seized it.

Since taking it on (and renaming it)things have really started to get moving.

Take this weekend, for example. Not only is there going to be a midnight run (see City Buzz’s ‘Hot Right Now section) but there will also be a pop-up food event from 5pm to 11pm tonight, with beer pong, street food, booze, live music and DJ sets.

However something else caught City Buzz’s attention recently.

We understand a new ‘city bus’ is being launched this weekend, which will take visitors from Leeds train station straight to Leeds Dock.

It could be just what the dock needs. The water taxis, which were recently introduced and travel from Granary Wharf to Leeds Dock, have certainly helped more people get to and from what was otherwise quite an isolated spot.

The news of the new bus route will only help boost footfall for the dock.

More details are expected to be announced next week so keep checking the YEP for the latest news.