Plan to make airport more accessible from road and rail

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TRANSPORT bosses are pressing ahead with a project designed to make it easier to get to Leeds Bradford Airport for those travelling on the ground.

Plans for a study of potential ways to provide better road and rail access to the airport were originally unveiled by Ministers in summer last year.

Now the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed that it is pressing aheadof the work and is aiming to have it finished by the end of the year.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “Improving access to Leeds Bradford Airport is a long-running issue and I hope this study will be the key that unlocks real progress on the ground.”

The DfT said it would be examining previous proposals for improved connections to Leeds Bradford and also consulting city stakeholders.

Local councils and West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro last year floated the idea of a new single carriageway access road to the site with junctions on the A65 and A658.

An airport expansion masterplan in 2005, meanwhile, made the case for a purpose-built rail link running between the existing Wharfedale and Harrogate lines.

Another option put forward has been the creation of a new train station – provisionally called Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway – near the Bramhope Tunnel between Horsforth and Weeton. Harrogate Chamber of Commerce has in the past also called for better links between the airport and communities in North Yorkshire.