Stuart Calls for 'essential' Rail Link to Airport

Stuart today reiterated his call to action on creating a rail link between Leeds city centre and Leeds Bradford Airport at today’s Transport Questions in Parliament.

Stuart has emphasised that an effective contribution to achieving the northern economic powerhouse would be to connect one of the largest airports in the north to the rail network and one of our best performing cities.

Stuart has repeatedly emphasised how the Leeds Bradford International Airport Connectivity Study set out the potential benefit of a new link road, but that it would likely result in further congestion and inhibit the potential for economic growth. A rail link would ease pressure on the roads around the airport and be the foundations of an integrated transport system for Leeds.

This is would be a major step towards:

  • boosting economic growth in Leeds
  • preparing for the increase in domestic flights to Leeds from Heathrow following the third runway announcement
  • reducing congestion for local residents
  • providing a regular and efficient service

Stuart Andrew MP said:

 “Surely using that money for the road and the £173 million for a rail link to the airport would give us an opportunity to address that problem and also the first stage of a properly integrated transport system the city deserves?

The Transport Minister, Paul Maynard, commended Stuart Andrew for ensuring that Leeds retained the £173.5 million of government funding to spend on major transport infrastructure but emphasised that this is a matter for the city council to decide

Stuart, in response to that said:

“I believe it is vital that better infrastructure around the airport is introduced to support the expected increased capacity.  The current road system to and from the airport already struggles with the volume of traffic and any expansion will only add to this, meaning something needs to be done to minimise any further negative effects on local residents and on people who use the airport. It is ridiculous that Leeds airport is not connected by rail in the way that so many airports in the UK are.

The City Council’s plans to use the £173.5 million allocated for the scrapped NGT scheme must be used as the basis for a truly integrated transport system to support the future of our city. The airport link would be a welcome foundation for that”