Calls To Speed Up Leeds Airport Rail Station
In June last year, approval was granted to build a parkway station on the Leeds-Harrogate line that would provide access to Leeds Bradford Airport.
But the station isn’t set to be constructed until 2023, a date that airport bosses want to be brought forward.
The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed that officials working at the airport believe the project should get underway sooner rather than later if the airport is to deliver the “economic benefits and job opportunities” that it’s capable of.
Speaking to the news provider, a spokesman for the airport explained that there are very few things holding back construction of the new station.
“The train line exists, new rolling stock isn’t required, funding has been identified from the Leeds Transport Strategy, the foundations are in place to capitalise on the benefits the station could offer,” he asserted.
Once the new railway station is operational, journey times to Leeds Bradford Airport are expected to fall considerably, given that it is currently only accessible by bus or if you drive.
As well as making it easier for passengers to reach the airport, the new rail link will reduce congestion and cut pollution in the area too.
A Leeds City Council spokesman told the newspaper that proposals will go out for public consultation later in 2018, but did not mention whether the construction of the scheme could be brought forward.
Passenger numbers at the airport have been steadily growing, with the transport hub’s strategic development plan that was published in March 2017 revealing that the number of people travelling through the airport has increased by 27 per cent since 2005, hitting 3.6 million passengers per year in 2016/17.
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