YEP Says, January 30: Airport idea shows welcome vision and ambition for city

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Could a move bring more benefits to Leeds?

WE often urge the city’s leaders to think big – and ideas don’t come much bigger than proposing a new airport to serve Leeds.

As we report in today’s YEP, talks are currently under way over whether a new airport should be built that links up with major roads and the planned HS2 rail line.

The proposal, put forward by Leeds City Council and other local authorities in West Yorkshire, demands serious consideration – not least given the potential benefits to Leeds and surrounding areas.

The existing Leeds-Bradford Airport plays a major role in terms of supporting the regional economy.

Ambitious expansion plans unveiled by owners Bridgepoint Capital also bring the promise of an even greater economic contribution and the creation of many more jobs in the years to come.

But questions still remain over the siting of the airport and the ease of access to it – as well as the question of whether it lends itself to the level of expansion that might be needed in the future.

The success of Manchester Airport shows what is possible with first-class transport links. High-speed rail may be some years away, but the council is right to look at its potential benefits now.

Whatever happens, it is good to see our city’s leaders showing the sort of vision and ambition that is needed in order to keep driving Leeds forward.

Time to saddle up for world’s greatest race

FOR two glorious days this summer, one of the world’s greatest sporting events is coming to Yorkshire.

The visit of the Tour de France will be a brief one but its potential impact is enormous, which is why it is important that everyone is made to feel part of it.

The Yorkshire Evening Post will put readers at the heart of the action through our unrivalled, interactive coverage.

Not just that but campaigns like Let’s Get Cycling will tap into the Tour’s visit to inspire people of all ages to get on their bikes.

This is a once in a lifetime event. It’s time to saddle up and join the ride.


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