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Views sought on airport access

Views sought on airport access

Published at 2:32pm 23rd November 2015. (Updated at 5:51pm 23rd November 2015)

Plans to ease congestion around Leeds Bradford Airport are now up for discussion as part of a public consultation.

Leeds City Council has outlined three options which it hopes will improve access.

Figures reveal that the airport is one of the fastest growing in the UK and used by 3.3 million passengers a year.

Improving road access has been prioritised in the short to medium term as a way of boosting airport growth, as well as the local and regional economy.

The possibility of a rail link is being considered in the long term.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning, said: "The response to us releasing the outline details of the three options in September sparked a great deal of debate, so now we want as many people as possible to take part in this consultation and tell us what they think.

"Leeds Bradford Airport is a key part of our current and future city and regional economy, so it is essential we make the access to and from it the best we can, while also respecting and protecting the needs of the local communities, so the more people who take part in this consultation, the more effective we can be terms of making the right decisions."

The options being proposed:

  • Building a new road from the A65, running along the eastern edge of the airport before joining the A658 to the north. This is the most expensive option and expected to cost up to £75 million.
  • Building a new road which follows the same initial path from the A65, running between Rawdon and Horsforth, but runs to the south west of the airport before joining the A658. This is expected to cost up to £50 million.
  • Upgrading the existing A65 and A658 around Rawdon and Yeadon to the airport, which would see junctions upgraded and some road widening where needed. This is the least expensive option and expected to cost up to £15 million.

Better road access would also help to tackle existing problems of congestion and delays on the A65 and A658 Harrogate road, along with local road network issues.

The consultation will seek the views of community groups, neighbourhood forums, councillors and MPs in Harrogate, Leeds and Bradford, as well as parish and town councils, local businesses, the Leeds Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and transport groups.

More information about the consultation at www.leeds.gov.uk/AirportLinkRoad