Probe of transport links to Leeds Bradford airport

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A study to look at improving links to Leeds Bradford Airport has been ordered by the Department for Transport.

Transport links to the airport have already been included in a Treasury list of six “notorious and longstanding road congestion hotspots.” A Treasury report – Investing in Britain’s Future – which was published last year, said further feasibility studies were needed into the six hotspots.

Now the DfT has appointed transport planners WSP, in partnership with Parsons Brinckerhoff, to carry out a study to examine options for improving connections.

The study, which is expected to be finished by early August, aims to identify ways of ‘substantially’ improving the links to surrounding areas. The study will take account of intentions to ‘grow’ the airport and will identify ways of improving ‘surface access’ to help it achieve its aim.

It will look at roads, public transport and “other sustainable modes.” WSP says consultation and liaison with local authorities and key stakeholders will underpin the study.

WSP project director Adrian Kemp said: “We will be drawing on the knowledge and expertise of stakeholders, examining all previous work and proposals and identifying new options in order to come to a recommendation for improving connectivity in this crucial area. Unlocking these constraints has the potential to significantly improve the wider transport network, keeping the UK on the move and stimulating economic growth both nationally and locally.”

In 2012 local campaigners warned that gridlock on roads near the airport could lead to serious consequences.

Dr David Ingham, Chairman of Wharfedale and Airedale Review Development, spoke out after serious traffic congestion on roads near the airport. Dr Ingham said: “Imagine a serious plane accident and fire at the airport. How long would it take for emergency vehicles to come to the airport’s assistance? There would without doubt be serious consequences.”

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6:06pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Andrew_ide says...

When I heard this earlier I thought a quick easy at least temporary solution would be a shuttle bus running from Horsforth Station and then Apperley Bridge Station when it is ever built!
When I heard this earlier I thought a quick easy at least temporary solution would be a shuttle bus running from Horsforth Station and then Apperley Bridge Station when it is ever built! Andrew_ide
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6:47pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Joedavid says...

Was near the airport yesterday and watched the empty buses coming and going, an investigation needs to look into why.
It is obvious the way these buses operate is not attractive to the airport travellers.
Was near the airport yesterday and watched the empty buses coming and going, an investigation needs to look into why. It is obvious the way these buses operate is not attractive to the airport travellers. Joedavid
  • Score: 8

7:28pm Tue 8 Apr 14

sorrow&anger says...

This is so typical of the inept management that has blighted Bradford for decades. The airport is always high on the list of reasons City Hall give for companies to settle in Cllr. Green's 'city of producers'. Yet, although they have known for a year about the congestion they haven't done a thing about it. Not even bothered to produce one of their famous glossy brochures to add to the already mountainous pile of forgotten initiatives.
This is so typical of the inept management that has blighted Bradford for decades. The airport is always high on the list of reasons City Hall give for companies to settle in Cllr. Green's 'city of producers'. Yet, although they have known for a year about the congestion they haven't done a thing about it. Not even bothered to produce one of their famous glossy brochures to add to the already mountainous pile of forgotten initiatives. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 5

7:39pm Tue 8 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

A rail link from Guiseley railway station across to LeedsBradford Airport and then continued across to the Leeds Harrogate line would be the best scheme to proceed with. Road improvement could follow later.
A rail link from Guiseley railway station across to LeedsBradford Airport and then continued across to the Leeds Harrogate line would be the best scheme to proceed with. Road improvement could follow later. bcfc1903
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7:52pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Joedavid says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
A rail link from Guiseley railway station across to LeedsBradford Airport and then continued across to the Leeds Harrogate line would be the best scheme to proceed with. Road improvement could follow later.
But would people use it?
In my comment I said people do not use public transport that is available now, so why after spending millions would they use your rail link?
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: A rail link from Guiseley railway station across to LeedsBradford Airport and then continued across to the Leeds Harrogate line would be the best scheme to proceed with. Road improvement could follow later.[/p][/quote]But would people use it? In my comment I said people do not use public transport that is available now, so why after spending millions would they use your rail link? Joedavid
  • Score: 5

7:57pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

Bradford should be taken out of the airport name. The word Bradford is synonymous with failure, whereas Leeds is a beacon for investment.
Leeds International Airport sounds a lot better and also reflects the fact that Bradford is no longer a stakeholder.
Bradford should be taken out of the airport name. The word Bradford is synonymous with failure, whereas Leeds is a beacon for investment. Leeds International Airport sounds a lot better and also reflects the fact that Bradford is no longer a stakeholder. Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: -7

11:03pm Tue 8 Apr 14

thatsnotmyname says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
This is so typical of the inept management that has blighted Bradford for decades. The airport is always high on the list of reasons City Hall give for companies to settle in Cllr. Green's 'city of producers'. Yet, although they have known for a year about the congestion they haven't done a thing about it. Not even bothered to produce one of their famous glossy brochures to add to the already mountainous pile of forgotten initiatives.
Considering it's actually situated in Leeds why would it be up to Bradford council?
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: This is so typical of the inept management that has blighted Bradford for decades. The airport is always high on the list of reasons City Hall give for companies to settle in Cllr. Green's 'city of producers'. Yet, although they have known for a year about the congestion they haven't done a thing about it. Not even bothered to produce one of their famous glossy brochures to add to the already mountainous pile of forgotten initiatives.[/p][/quote]Considering it's actually situated in Leeds why would it be up to Bradford council? thatsnotmyname
  • Score: 1

6:22am Wed 9 Apr 14

Bantamzen says...

Joedavid wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
A rail link from Guiseley railway station across to LeedsBradford Airport and then continued across to the Leeds Harrogate line would be the best scheme to proceed with. Road improvement could follow later.
But would people use it?
In my comment I said people do not use public transport that is available now, so why after spending millions would they use your rail link?
The problem with the existing public transport links, i.e. the bus services, is that they are often unreliable due to congestion on the routes along their routes & also only offer limited baggage space, as well as being rather limited in frequency. A light or heavy rail link could offer a more reliable link that would not be affected by road traffic levels, shorter transit times & greater capacity for luggage.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: A rail link from Guiseley railway station across to LeedsBradford Airport and then continued across to the Leeds Harrogate line would be the best scheme to proceed with. Road improvement could follow later.[/p][/quote]But would people use it? In my comment I said people do not use public transport that is available now, so why after spending millions would they use your rail link?[/p][/quote]The problem with the existing public transport links, i.e. the bus services, is that they are often unreliable due to congestion on the routes along their routes & also only offer limited baggage space, as well as being rather limited in frequency. A light or heavy rail link could offer a more reliable link that would not be affected by road traffic levels, shorter transit times & greater capacity for luggage. Bantamzen
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6:37am Wed 9 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

Why not take Leeds out of the name. Give it a name its was once called Yeadon International Airport.
Nothing wrong with having Bradford in the name.
Why not take Leeds out of the name. Give it a name its was once called Yeadon International Airport. Nothing wrong with having Bradford in the name. Ratters Rat
  • Score: 2

10:35am Wed 9 Apr 14

yezboss says...

Whatever one does to improve access you will always under the current design have to walk through the elements for several hundred yards to get into the place.
Perhaps move the airport totally as is suggested elsewhere to RAF Church Fenton when it closes soon. Ideal road access via the A1M and A64 and rail runs just past it. Already has the longer runways to take 'heavy' traffic and even maybee A380's? Purpose built termials and infrastructure could eclipse both Manchester and Robin Hood airports.
Keep LBA for local traffic by all means but the Church Fenton 'Yorkshire Airport' could then become a truly International airport.
Whatever one does to improve access you will always under the current design have to walk through the elements for several hundred yards to get into the place. Perhaps move the airport totally as is suggested elsewhere to RAF Church Fenton when it closes soon. Ideal road access via the A1M and A64 and rail runs just past it. Already has the longer runways to take 'heavy' traffic and even maybee A380's? Purpose built termials and infrastructure could eclipse both Manchester and Robin Hood airports. Keep LBA for local traffic by all means but the Church Fenton 'Yorkshire Airport' could then become a truly International airport. yezboss
  • Score: 0

7:30pm Mon 14 Apr 14

yezboss says...

I now note LBA are charging taxi drivers £2 to drop off passengers instead of the annual £20 fee.
Maybe they should move it to Church Fenton.
I think LBA have a suicide wish.
I now note LBA are charging taxi drivers £2 to drop off passengers instead of the annual £20 fee. Maybe they should move it to Church Fenton. I think LBA have a suicide wish. yezboss
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