Leeds MP: Airport rail link option better

Have your say

MP Greg Mulholland is calling on Leeds City Council to listen to residents who want a rail link to Leeds-Bradford Airport.

The Leeds North West MP is also encouraging people to make their views known in the ongoing consultation over the council’s proposed three options for a road link.

Two of the options will involve building on green belt land and it is feared a road link would increase traffic for residents living near the airport. Mr Mulholland is campaigning for a rail link, rather than the road, as a more effective and environmentally-friendly option.

Mr Mulholland said: “As the MP for Leeds-Bradford Airport, I have spoken to local residents about improving access to the airport and the rail link is clearly an option that would be preferred over the road link. The road link will create more traffic and threaten much valued local green spaces.

“So I would encourage local residents to take part in the consultation, make known their views on the problems that a road link will cause. I would also urge Leeds City Council to listen to local people and consult them about a rail link. At the moment, all three options being consulted on are for a road link - the council must add a fourth option and also consult on a rail link.”

The rail link would be a 1.1 mile track connecting the Leeds-Harrogate-York line to a new station at the airport.

People can have their say at drop-in sessions, running from 3pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday, January 13, at Yeadon Library and One Stop Centre, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on January 14 at Pool Village Hall and from 2pm to 5pm on Wednesday, January 20, at Bramhope Methodist Church.

Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Airport-Link-Road.aspx for the online survey.