Joined by representatives of Rawdon Parish Council (John Davies, Dawn Collins and Neil Hunt), Stuart Andrew (MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough) last week met with Andrew Jones (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport) to raise concerns over the Leeds City Council consultation on the airport link road.
Raising issues of congestion and degradation of the local greenbelt, Stuart and the Parish Councillors made clear that they favour a rail, rather than road, link to solve the issues of connectivity to Leeds Bradford Airport.
With Andrew Jones agreeing to again meet with Stuart to further discuss issues arising from the consultation, which only proposes road links, Stuart commented:
“There is an urgent need to prepare for the planned growth of the Airport. In my meetings with the Airport, they said they have lost out on vital inward investment at trade shows because of the lack of a rail link.
“This issue is all about connectivity to the Airport. Currently, we have a Council who are saying that they will report on a rail link, but they do not appear to have done any studies into where passengers are coming from. These studies would no doubt show that the huge congestion around the Airport is coming from surrounding roads like the A65 and A658 rather than actual Airport traffic. Therefore, the three road link proposals from the Council will make virtually no difference to the area.
“I do feel that the Council are putting the cart before the horse – there has been no detail on why road links are only being considered as a sole option, rather than as part of a comprehensive deal. I am pleased that Andrew Jones agreed with me that this is an issue of connectivity, which can only be solved by a comprehensive mix of road and rail in the area.”