Going underground on the way to Leeds Bradford Airport?

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Drivers could find themselves going underground as they make their way to Leeds Bradford Airport, it has been revealed.

Leeds City Council has confirmed that a road tunnel may form part of a new traffic congestion-busting link route to the airport.

As reported in Saturday’s Yorkshire Evening Post, the council is poised to start a public consultation process on three options for easing queues around the site.

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Two of the options would involve the construction of a link route between the A65 Leeds Road and the A658 Harrogate Road. A third would simply see the A65 and A658 being upgraded.

A council briefing document prepared ahead of the start of the consultation initially appears to rule out the construction of a road tunnel because of what it calls “prohibitive” costs.

But it also goes on to say that tunnelling “could be considered” as a way of reducing the “environmental impact” of a new road.

The YEP understands that while building an entire link route underground is regarded as a non-starter due to cost, what might be explored is the possibility of a tunnel forming part of any such scheme.

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A spokesman for the council said: “Nothing has been decided yet concerning the airport link road, which is why it is essential that as many people as possible attend the drop-in sessions arranged and give us their views when the public consultation period begins on Monday.”

For more details on the consultation, including drop-in session dates, visit the www.leeds.gov.uk/AirportLinkRoad web page.

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