City commuters get new taxi app to follow water taxis


A new app will allow users to track the movements of the water taxis for the commute between the centre of Leeds and Leeds Dock, a route carrying 120,000 passengers a year.

Developed by engineers from FinTech firm DealTrak, the brand-new TaxiTrak service will provide real-time GPS tracking of the city’s water taxis Twee and Drie.

The app – part of a redevelopment plan by landlords Allied London – will include functions enabling passengers to pinpoint each boat’s exact location and plan journeys based on their current status – with refuelling and maintenance updates also enabled.

Martin Hill, MD at DealTrak explained: “Although our ‘bread and butter’ is connecting the automotive finance and insurance industry, when we heard about Allied London’s plans to launch a GPS tracking app for the water taxi – and as a Leeds Dock resident – we couldn’t resist the opportunity to get involved.

“The nature of our work means we have a lot of meetings with people who travel into Yorkshire by rail, and the water taxi provides a great – and impressive – link between our office and the station. There aren’t many places where you can float between offices and apartments on your daily commute, and we’re delighted to be able to enhance people’s experience of the service – and our vibrant city.”

Ste Bickers, Estate Manager at Allied London added: “Since we began operating the water taxis, one of our biggest aspirations has been to create a trackable app for the service. It’s been great partnering with one of our own tenants, DealTrak, and the boat’s skippers on the project. Their enthusiasm and love of the service has been evident throughout development – they have both smashed it out the park!

“We always wanted the water taxis to be a sustainable means of travel for the entire Leeds Dock community, creating a solid connection between the railway station and the Dock. The app DealTrak has built delivers a heightened level of service allowing the skippers to communicate effectively with the end user, providing real-time updates of the boats.

“We will continue to improve and invest in the service and have more enhancements planned towards the end of the year.”

The boats, which can carry up to 12 passengers, currently run between Granary Wharf at the South entrance of the city’s railway station and Leeds Dock, from 7am to 7pm on weekdays, and 10am to 6pm at weekends.