Any regular visitors to Leeds will probably be familiar with the markets car park on George Street/Union Street. This uncovered pay and display car park has been a bit of an institution in Leeds over the last 50 years; offering 325 spaces including disabled access, the markets car park has operated for 24 hours a day over several decades, making it a popular choice for drivers looking for an alternative to the big multi-stories.
However, as of 5th April 2014, the markets car park has been closed in order to make way for the construction of the new Victoria Gate development – and with work set to continue until the autumn of 2016, it could be a while before new parking becomes available.
The impact of the construction works
Victoria Gate is another exciting project following fast in the footsteps of the successful Trinity shopping centre. Set to house over 30 new stores including a flagship John Lewis, there’s no doubt that it’ll breathe new life into the city centre – but in the meantime, the disruption could have a big impact on both shoppers and retailers alike.
Stallholders at the historic Kirkgate market already reported a reduction in sales since the markets car park closure – and they’ve asked the local council for more information and advice to be made available regarding alternative options for car parks in Leeds which offer easy accessibility to the market during the construction period.
Of course with such extensive building work, it’s not just the car parks that are suffering – road closures and transport disruption is also expected for the duration of the project, making the already unpopular city centre roads even more of a nightmare to navigate.
Why is Trafalgar Street a good substitute for the markets car park?
If you’re a visitor or regular to the city and you’re looking for an alternative to the markets car park, then Trafalgar Street car park in Leeds could be the perfect option. Still within an easy walk of the market and other local, popular shopping spots, Trafalgar Street car park also offers incredibly competitive prices and great security too.
Additionally, our car park can be easily accessed without joining the city centre Loop road or any of the other routes which will be facing temporary or longer term closures or disruption for the duration of the Victoria Gate building works.