Leeds Bradford Airport traffic consultation starts

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A public consultation has launched today to look at how traffic congestion can be eased around Leeds Bradford Airport.

Among the proposals is a new link road providing improved access to the airport which could cost as much as £75m.

The YEP revealed earlier this month the estimated price tags for each of the schemes. The figures on the table are:

* Up to £75m for the construction of a new road from the A65 that would run alongside the eastern edge of the airport before joining the A658 to the north;

* Up to £50m for a new road that would follow the same initial path from the A65 between Rawdon and Horsforth but would then run to the south west of the airport before joining the A658;

* Up to £15m on upgrading the existing A65 and A658 roads around Rawdon and Yeadon.

Funds for whichever project gets the green light will come from a £1.4bn transport investment programme agreed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) at the end of last year.

It is hoped the chosen scheme will be completed during 2023.

The YEP revealed last week that a road tunnel may form part of a new traffic congestion-busting link route to the airport.

Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, Coun Richard Lewis, said: “The response to us releasing the outline details of the three options in September sparked a great deal of debate so now we want as many people as possible to take part in this consultation and tell us what they think.

“Leeds Bradford Airport is a key part of our current and future city and regional economy, so it is essential we make the access to and from it the best we can while also respecting and protecting the needs of the local communities, so the more people who take part in this consultation the more effective we can be in terms of making the right decisions.”

Coun Keith Wakefield, chair of the transport committee on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), said: “Improving highway access to Leeds Bradford Airport is part of a wider, £1bn-plus investment in transport infrastructure across Leeds city region, to support job creation, inward investment and economic development, and the airport is a key element of this.

“Public consultations provide an opportunity for people to give us their views at an early stage, and will continue as the chosen option is developed further.”

An online questionnaire will be running at www.leeds.gov.uk/AirportLinkRoad.

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