Hopes are raised of Leeds-Bradford International Airport rail link

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill

A personal visit to Leeds-Bradford International Airport by the recently-appointed Aviation Minister has raised hopes that plans for better access roads and a rail link that would provide direct access from the city centre may be gaining ground.

Robert Goodwill spent time touring the airport as part of his work to report on ‘surface connectivity’ issues, or how passengers get to and from the increasingly busy airport.

Although he was vague on timescales for possible developments, Mr Goodwill said: “The fact that I am here shows that I recognise the issue of connectivity.

“It will depend on the price tag, deliverability and talking to rail operators would have to be a part.

“Business, council leaders and MPs make it clear they see this as a priority and if it was not something I was taking seriously, I would not be within 50 miles of the airport.”

Mr Goodwill travelled to and from the airport by bus in an attempt to make sure he understood the experiences of normal passengers and he recognised the advances made by the airport in recent years, praising its improved facilities as passenger numbers have risen.

He used it regularly for flights to Brussels while serving as a Euro MP some years ago and said it was now unrecognisable inside from that era.

“It has turned the travelling experience into something which is almost pleasurable,” he joked.

Mr Goodwill stressed the Government recognised the need to spend on improvements and said: “We have a Government which understands the importance of investment in infrastructure and I understand the importance of regional airports.” Leeds-Bradford International Airport CEO John Parkin said the airport’s ambitions were to get a new access road which would reduce local traffic, though studies showed much of the traffic volume in the area was not connected with airport activity.

Also there was hope that a ‘train tram’ project could proceed, which would provide a link direct from Bradford with the airport among the stations along a line running into Leeds.

“It was very good to see the Minister here,” he said.

“I think it is really good news. It is one thing talking about something like this but it is another thing doing it.

“It is essential to have the engagement and will of Government to listen to what the region has been saying about the growth of the airport,” he said. Mr Goodwill will publish a report later on the future prospects for road and rail links to the airport.

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8:44am Fri 2 May 14

G_Firth says...

The sooner they come out and actually tell people that LBA will be moving to Sherburn-in-Elmet the better and stop wasting money on trips up to give false hope and claims.
Why the heck you think they created WYCA for crying out loud
The sooner they come out and actually tell people that LBA will be moving to Sherburn-in-Elmet the better and stop wasting money on trips up to give false hope and claims. Why the heck you think they created WYCA for crying out loud G_Firth
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9:32am Fri 2 May 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

It would cost a fortune but if a train went from Bradford to Leeds dropping off people en route would be ideal but l doubt that would happen.
We have bottlenecks in Rawdon and Greengates them the inner city on the roads.
If it went to Sherburn then it would be quicker to get to Manchester from Bradford.
It would cost a fortune but if a train went from Bradford to Leeds dropping off people en route would be ideal but l doubt that would happen. We have bottlenecks in Rawdon and Greengates them the inner city on the roads. If it went to Sherburn then it would be quicker to get to Manchester from Bradford. Papa Smurfs Wig
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9:42am Fri 2 May 14

collos25 says...

It is just about quicker to go Manchester from certain parts of Bradford,I wonder if they discussed the ridiculous charge for dropping of and collecting passengers.I travel throughout the word and this has to be one of the most uninviting dirty airports that I have travelled through the sooner they move it somewhere else and use a proper management team to run it the better.
It is just about quicker to go Manchester from certain parts of Bradford,I wonder if they discussed the ridiculous charge for dropping of and collecting passengers.I travel throughout the word and this has to be one of the most uninviting dirty airports that I have travelled through the sooner they move it somewhere else and use a proper management team to run it the better. collos25
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10:48am Fri 2 May 14

Apollo says...

Jackanory story once again. It will never, ever happen and only complete fools ever think that it would.

LBA is a backwater airport. Manchester is the international hub.
Jackanory story once again. It will never, ever happen and only complete fools ever think that it would. LBA is a backwater airport. Manchester is the international hub. Apollo
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3:40pm Fri 2 May 14

mad matt says...

It wouldn't be impossible to put a single line from just north of Guiseley Station up to the airport, giving direct links from Leeds and Bradford. The other possibility would be a line from just north of Horsforth station but this would only allow direct services from Leeds.
It SHOULD have been done years ago - but this of course is the North of England ie north of Watford !
It wouldn't be impossible to put a single line from just north of Guiseley Station up to the airport, giving direct links from Leeds and Bradford. The other possibility would be a line from just north of Horsforth station but this would only allow direct services from Leeds. It SHOULD have been done years ago - but this of course is the North of England ie north of Watford ! mad matt
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6:47pm Fri 2 May 14

bcfc1903 says...

Of course it's possible to put a line in from just North of Guiseley, it's the closest rail line to Leeds Bradford Airport. The idea that there would just do it from Horsforth rail line is ludicrous, that would cut off over half a million folk from using the train to LBA as I can't see folk going via Leeds, that would be time consuming and miles out of the way for anyone from the expanded City of Bradford. Glad someone from the government has seen that and commented on the line from Guiseley!!!! At last someone in this government with good eyesight and the use a a braincell or two!!!!
Of course it's possible to put a line in from just North of Guiseley, it's the closest rail line to Leeds Bradford Airport. The idea that there would just do it from Horsforth rail line is ludicrous, that would cut off over half a million folk from using the train to LBA as I can't see folk going via Leeds, that would be time consuming and miles out of the way for anyone from the expanded City of Bradford. Glad someone from the government has seen that and commented on the line from Guiseley!!!! At last someone in this government with good eyesight and the use a a braincell or two!!!! bcfc1903
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7:59pm Fri 2 May 14

G_Firth says...

Apollo wrote:
Jackanory story once again. It will never, ever happen and only complete fools ever think that it would.

LBA is a backwater airport. Manchester is the international hub.
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[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: Jackanory story once again. It will never, ever happen and only complete fools ever think that it would. LBA is a backwater airport. Manchester is the international hub.[/p][/quote]Take a look: https://scontent-b-l hr.xx.fbcdn.net/hpho tos-frc3/t31.0-8/102 96491_10202982927367 524_8505589305983181 35_o.jpg G_Firth
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10:57pm Fri 2 May 14

bullofbradford says...

Crucial for the economic development of Bradford for LBA to stay put, but with better infrastructure around it.
Crucial for the economic development of Bradford for LBA to stay put, but with better infrastructure around it. bullofbradford
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