Minister to consider case for new links to Leeds-Bradford Airport

THE Transport Secretary will travel to West Yorkshire to discuss improving transport routes to the region’s largest airport in the wake of this week’s Government-backed report on aviation.

Patrick McLoughlin said he will meet local MPs to discuss possible improvements to the limited access routes to Leeds-Bradford airport, following the publication of Sir Howard Davies’s interim report on British airport capacity.

Leeds-Bradford has long been hamstrung by its relative inaccessibility compared with other major regional airports, dependant on slow roads and without any rail link. A report a decade ago recommended improving transport links, but little action was taken.

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Speaking in the Commons, Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew said it was time for the Government to act.

“The Aviation White Paper in 2003 stated that expansion of Leeds Bradford airport would need access improvements – yet we have seen very few,” he said.

“(Sir Howard’s) report makes specific reference to surface access to other airports, and recommends the Government work with local authorities to ensure such improvements take place.

“Will the Secretary of State make sure Leeds-Bradford Airport will be looked at? My constituents have to suffer many people going past on very overcrowded roads.”

Responding, Transport Secretary Mr McLoughlin said he would be “delighted” to take another look at the issue.

“I will also come to his constituency and look at the situation there,” he added.