From Sunday 19 February 2017 the No. 12 bus route will be extended to serve the White Rose Shopping Centre. This will enable residents from Hunslet, Belle Isle, and Middleton to access the centre by a frequent direct bus service.
This will be a great benefit to the community, enabling residents from areas with low car ownership to access employment opportunities at the White Rose Shopping Centre and the White Rose Office Park, as well as access to shopping and new leisure developments underway.
Cllr Kim Groves (Belle Isle & Middleton) welcomed the news:
“We are delighted that the number 12 bus route is going to be extended to White Rose Centre. There are going to be over 300 new jobs created this spring and transport to work is crucial for local people. I want to thank Stephanie Hunter from Land Securities for all her hard work on the transport plan.
“I am pleased that South Leeds residents will be able to go to the new 11-screen cinema by bus. We lost cinemas like the Rex, Crescent, Malvern and the famous Tivoli all based in South Leeds. Young people will not remember these, so I am really pleased for them that film is returning to South Leeds.
“A bus to the five new restaurants, cinema and children’s playground will make this a popular choice for many residents.”
Stephanie Hunter, Travel Planning Co-Ordinator at White Rose Shopping Centre, said:
“We’re absolutely delighted about the extension of the service 12 route. We’ve worked tirelessly to impress the importance of good access to White Rose for those in the South Leeds area, and this is a huge achievement for all involved.
“We’ve campaigned for this issue to be pushed to the top of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s agenda, and we’re thrilled to see so much positive feedback from the local community. The updated route – available from 19 February – will offer access to shopping, leisure, and employment at White Rose that may have been more difficult for those without cars to reach in the past.”