YP Comment: Leeds transport plan unveiled

THE proposed three new stations for Leeds do have the potential to enhance train travel in the largest European city without a light transit railway.

However, Leeds City Council need sto consider if this plan is suitably ambitious, whether it can be advanced in good time after it took the best part of a decade to build recently completed stations at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge and if there will be sufficient trains to transport long-suffering passengers.

Take the proposed station intended to serve Leeds Bradford Airport. This will be located on the Leeds to Harrogate line which is regularly serviced by two carriage trains that are already dangerously overcrowded in the rush hour. If airport travellers use this service in significant numbers – and the council would not be pressing ahead if the business case didn’t stack up – will there even be room for them on the trains? This question can’t be ignored.