Connecting Leeds Bradford Airport

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Background

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), located on the Bradford and Leeds boundary, is the primary airport for Yorkshire with nearly 70% of current passengers originating from the Leeds city region.

LBA is one of the UK’s fastest growing airports, supporting over 5,000 jobs and contributing £336m to the city region economy each year. In 2018 the airport handled over 4 million passengers, an increase of nearly 13% in just 12 months. The Department for Transport (DfT) has forecast that this may increase to 7.1 million by 2030 and to approximately 9 million passengers a year by 2050.

Tourism is an important sector for the region, estimated to be worth £7 billion to the Yorkshire economy and had an economic impact of £1.75 billion annually for Leeds in 2017. There is potential to expand the airport’s route network to open up new international connections, supporting international trade, tourism, and doubling the number of supported jobs to over 10,000 by 2030.

The growth in passengers, and in employment around the airport, means an increase in travel to the airport. Leeds City Council is seeking your views regarding road and train developments in order to address traffic and congestion, which will worsen as the number of trips to the airport doubles unless we act soon.


What are the issues we want to address?


For further information on the existing issues please click here.

Forecast population, employment and LBA passenger growth are likely to result in traffic growth and worsening congestion. Without any improvements the current issues will worsen.

  • Congestion will increase on local roads including Bayton Lane, Scotland Lane, Whitehouse Lane, Otley Old Road.
  • Journey times and delays will increase on already congested key routes including the A65 and A658.

The current and forecast constraints on the transport network is likely to have a negative impact on the ability of LBA to grow and for employment growth in the wider area. This would impact not only on the local area but the City Region as a whole.


The Proposals
Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and partners Bradford Council and Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) are now in a position to consult on further detailed options for improved access to the airport.

These are:

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) Parkway Station
A new Parkway rail station located on the existing Harrogate line, with a regular shuttle bus link to Leeds Bradford Airport's terminal building. The station would also have a park and ride facility for journeys in to Leeds or North Yorkshire, and improve accessibility to existing and proposed businesses in North West Leeds.

Click here for more information on the LBA Parkway Station.

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) Link Route Proposals
Views are being sought on three road proposals:

Option A: Building a new road and footway/cycleway from the A65, running along the eastern edge of the airport before joining the A658 to the north.

Option B: Building a new road and footway/cycleway following the same initial route as Option A, from the A65 but running to the south west of the airport, joining the A658 before the tunnel under the runway.

Option C: Upgrading the existing A65 and A658 around Rawdon and Yeadon to the airport. This would see junctions upgraded and, where needed, some localised road widening to deliver the junction improvements.

Click here for more information on the LBA Link Route (road)


LBA Proposed Employment Allocation
In addition, there are proposals for an employment site to the north of LBA. This is provided for information only and does not form part of this consultation.


Wider Strategy
The LBA Link Route and Parkway Station are included within the Leeds Transport Strategy. Further information on Leeds Transport Policy can be found here. In addition, there are projects underway as part of the West Yorkshire Transport Fund at A660 / A658 Dyneley Arms, A6120 Fink Hill, and A6120 Dawsons Corner, all of which aim to reduce congestion. Further information on current schemes and consultations see the Connecting Leeds webpage.


Have your say

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Background

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), located on the Bradford and Leeds boundary, is the primary airport for Yorkshire with nearly 70% of current passengers originating from the Leeds city region.

LBA is one of the UK’s fastest growing airports, supporting over 5,000 jobs and contributing £336m to the city region economy each year. In 2018 the airport handled over 4 million passengers, an increase of nearly 13% in just 12 months. The Department for Transport (DfT) has forecast that this may increase to 7.1 million by 2030 and to approximately 9 million passengers a year by 2050.

Tourism is an important sector for the region, estimated to be worth £7 billion to the Yorkshire economy and had an economic impact of £1.75 billion annually for Leeds in 2017. There is potential to expand the airport’s route network to open up new international connections, supporting international trade, tourism, and doubling the number of supported jobs to over 10,000 by 2030.

The growth in passengers, and in employment around the airport, means an increase in travel to the airport. Leeds City Council is seeking your views regarding road and train developments in order to address traffic and congestion, which will worsen as the number of trips to the airport doubles unless we act soon.


What are the issues we want to address?


For further information on the existing issues please click here.

Forecast population, employment and LBA passenger growth are likely to result in traffic growth and worsening congestion. Without any improvements the current issues will worsen.

  • Congestion will increase on local roads including Bayton Lane, Scotland Lane, Whitehouse Lane, Otley Old Road.
  • Journey times and delays will increase on already congested key routes including the A65 and A658.

The current and forecast constraints on the transport network is likely to have a negative impact on the ability of LBA to grow and for employment growth in the wider area. This would impact not only on the local area but the City Region as a whole.


The Proposals
Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and partners Bradford Council and Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) are now in a position to consult on further detailed options for improved access to the airport.

These are:

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) Parkway Station
A new Parkway rail station located on the existing Harrogate line, with a regular shuttle bus link to Leeds Bradford Airport's terminal building. The station would also have a park and ride facility for journeys in to Leeds or North Yorkshire, and improve accessibility to existing and proposed businesses in North West Leeds.

Click here for more information on the LBA Parkway Station.

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) Link Route Proposals
Views are being sought on three road proposals:

Option A: Building a new road and footway/cycleway from the A65, running along the eastern edge of the airport before joining the A658 to the north.

Option B: Building a new road and footway/cycleway following the same initial route as Option A, from the A65 but running to the south west of the airport, joining the A658 before the tunnel under the runway.

Option C: Upgrading the existing A65 and A658 around Rawdon and Yeadon to the airport. This would see junctions upgraded and, where needed, some localised road widening to deliver the junction improvements.

Click here for more information on the LBA Link Route (road)


LBA Proposed Employment Allocation
In addition, there are proposals for an employment site to the north of LBA. This is provided for information only and does not form part of this consultation.


Wider Strategy
The LBA Link Route and Parkway Station are included within the Leeds Transport Strategy. Further information on Leeds Transport Policy can be found here. In addition, there are projects underway as part of the West Yorkshire Transport Fund at A660 / A658 Dyneley Arms, A6120 Fink Hill, and A6120 Dawsons Corner, all of which aim to reduce congestion. Further information on current schemes and consultations see the Connecting Leeds webpage.


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  • The rail proposal appears half-hearted and unambitious. I realise the incline is problematic for trains, but why not consider combining electrification of the Harrogate line with a short tunnel terminating underneath the terminal building which would provide a truly integrated passenger experience akin to other major airports? It would be an investment which would stand the test of time as opposed to the cumbersome, sticky-tape proposal requiring shuttle buses.

    Alex Toft asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comments, these will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. At this stage, it is unlikely that a direct rail link will be affordable and offer value for money. WYCA commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system. Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • The best solution is clearly a direct rail link to the airport terminal which a city the stature of Leeds requires for the future. You refer to a WSP report 2016 stating a direct rail link is not feasible because of gradients and tunnelling required. THIS IS A WRONG CONCLUSION and is even confirmed in their report! • The WSP report 2016 has stated that Horsforth Route Option 3 can be built at an average gradient of 1 in 60, so suitable for heavy rail solution. • A direct connection to Leeds centre via the existing Harrogate line would result in connection times (no stopping) of about 15 mins • It would cost £25M x 3.1 Km = £77.5M plus a station at £15M – say £90M in total • This assumes that tunnelling can be avoided. • The track gradient superimposed on the ground profile shows a gradient of 1 in 62 average. • Note that the maximum cut is about 5m and maximum fill 10m. This could be adjusted to optimise cut and fill earthworks to avoid disposal off site. • Hence tunnelling is not required I suggest you ask your Engineers to revisit the conclusions of your options assessments, as clearly a rail link is not only cheaper than the road improvement options, but delivers substantial sustainability benefits to both LBA and the wider community, and reduces vehicle traffic.

    Peter Haines asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments and questions. The project team are looking through your comments and will provide a response. 

  • If the Airport commits to a new arrivals hall and it seemed tonight that site preparation has commenced then why can't the parkway station be fast tracked to match the opening of it. There's a railway line there already. Its massively unsatisfactory that the "cheap option" of the Parkway can't just be fast tracked - after all this is the most inaccessible airport in the country and anything that can ease road congestion has to be a screaming priority. Furthermore it would at the very least provide the opportunity for a modern, attractive, gateway to the city as at present first impressions for visitors are dire. Leeds deserves better and there have been enough consultations, feasibility studies and enquiries by now. Haste is what is needed, why the delay??

    hugh asked 5 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. The LBA Parkway station is at an early stage of development, building on earlier feasibility studies to develop outline designs for the station. The project is looking to maximise the opportunity for delivery of the station, however the delivery programme is subject to the availability of funding, assurance processes of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the viability of the business case, the relevant statutory processes, and the rail industry approvals, all of which must be satisfied before delivery can commence.
  • Have you considered a monorail or cable car as a pedestrian link from the new station to the airport? Cities all over the world are turning to urban gondolas to ease congestion and reduce pollution.

    Cj2 asked 4 months ago
    Thank you for your comments, these will be considered as part of the consultation feedback. The Combined Authority will work closely with the airport and explore other opportunities and technology to provide connectivity between the airport and parkway station.
  • Comment made at Harrogate Line Rail Users meeting, 11 Apr: Why build a 'short, connecting spur road' when existing local roads can be upgraded to afford good access to the Airport?

    'Nigel Hughes' asked 3 months ago
    Options for providing highway access to LBA Parkway are still being considered, options which include a new connecting spur road and upgrades to Scotland Lane. Your comments will be considered as part of the consultation feedback.
  • We must have the rail station at the airport. Why is that not an option? It fits in with trying to make Leeds Carbon Free City, does it not? It would be easier for travellers with cases to get off a train outside the airport. They do not want to have to lug their cases on to a bus after the train. Sorry, but it has to be a railway station at the airport. See what the Yorkshire Party are saying and consult with them, please.

    Paul Hazelgrave asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for your comments, these will be considered as part of the consultation feedback. At this stage, it is unlikely that a direct rail link will be affordable and offer value for money. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. The Combined Authority commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system. Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost.
  • I object to all three options. Tax payers money should not be used to fund infrastructure investment which is solely focussed on delivering commercial benefit for the privately owned airport. This money should be spent on improving existing roads around Horsforth as stated by many other local people. If this goes ahead this is yet another example of our elected representatives completely ignoring the wishes of local residents in favour of commercial interest. If the airport want new roads then they can fund them. We, the residents, want you to sort out the appalling state of our existing roads with obvious examples being the ring road between Horsforth and Rodley being a good starting point! I expect this to be ignored as is usual with this kind of consultations but thought it worth saying anyway...

    Nick Smith asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.
  • I completed the survey and would add the volume of traffic along the airport road does not enter the airport, it passes by either east to the A1 or west to the M62. Leeds City Council's failed in the past to provide an adequate infrastructure for public transport at the tax payers expense. The city desperately needs an efficient transport system for the city to expand like Manchester or similar. I am of the view a park & ride with a train stop closer to the airport would alleviate parking in the immediate area for both airport and train users, and if predicted figures of increased airport traffic in future years are seen to be over exaggerated the park & ride and train station will still be utilised.

    Local Resident asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.

  • I disagree with the need for a new link road as the congestion problems are caused by insufficient capacity on ring road & surrounding routes. But both Option A & B junctions at the A65 do not take account of the traffic on Knott Lane turning right into Leeds. Knott Lane is the exit route from Rawdon crematorium. Currently Knott Lane becomes impossible to travel up/down when a funeral procession is leaving the crematorium. Many need to turn right to travel towards Leeds which is very difficult at present due to traffic flows, but the new scheme will mean it becomes very difficult to try & access the A65 with two lanes of standing traffic when the new traffic lights are on red. The proposed junction onto the A65 is too close to Knott Lane / Layton Lane junction, will cause more congestion leading to frustrated drivers which will more than likely cause an increase in accidents / casualty's at this junction. Surveys should be undertaken taking account of funerals to gauge a proper understanding of this problem.

    Phil Seager asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.
  • Why are Leeds CC not investing funds into the ring road & other major route in & around Leeds to inprove commuting instead of building a link road to the airport that won't deal with the congestion issue on the A65 ? If the ring road was a dual carriageway & strategic junction such as A65/A6120 made grade separated junctions to allow more free-flowing traffic, a lot of the traffic congestion would be solved without building un-necessary roads across green-field sites.

    Phil Seager asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. The LBA Link Route proposals are being progressed in the wider context of strategic transport improvements across NW Leeds. Leeds City Council are progressing work to investigate the strategic case, implications and opportunities arising from dualling the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road between Horsforth and Rodley and capacity enhancements at Horsforth Roundabout. 

  • I don’t think that the roads are a good option. The A65 and Horsforth roundabout are always congested and we don’t want to add to the pollution in the area and lose any more green belt. In addition it sounds extremely costly. I think that the rail extension would be the best solution.

    ValT asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.
  • I like the facilities at Leeds Bradford Airport but living in West Yorkshire but at some distance from Leeds would find a rail link much more useable, than an upgrade to roads. This would also entail rail services and connections at times that enabled flights to be accessed.

    J Gash asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.
  • A pig in a poke. None of the options are acceptable or viable. Further raping and despoiling of Green Belt land. The size and future growth of the airport are constrained by its location and that will always be the case. In a few years, after tens of millions have been spent, we will be back at this point again. Wrong airport, wrong location.

    Margaret asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.

  • Why is the link road going via some of the busiest road in Leeds, namely the A65. Surely a better and cheaper route would by the A660 and the A658

    Andy asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. A number of alternative routes in this area have been considered, with studies looking into the feasibility of a link route initially undertaken in the late 1990s. A wider connectivity study has recently been undertaken which considered a number of alternative link road options including those to the north, east and west of LBA. Assessment found that whilst these alternative options aligned well with some of the objectives, potential link routes in those locations generally served areas with relatively low population density and were unlikely to provide as many benefits. Given the various constraints such as undulating topography, location/position of airport infrastructure and environmental sensitivities, the three corridors identified are considered to be the best options. The additional work undertaken since the previous engagement has added more detail to the routing, including consideration of issues such as junction requirements, walking and cycling facilities and impacts on existing environmental sensitivities amongst others. 

  • I drive along the A65 most days, and the congestion problems seem to mainly be at the Horsforth roundabout. This doesn't seem to be the fault of the airport traffic, and will not be helped by any proposed new roads. Rather than £100 million on new roads, it would be a much better idea to upgrade the bottleneck junctions, and with the money saved, build a decent rail system from the Horsforth/Harrogate line to the airport check in. It cannot be beyond the bounds of possibility to maybe fit a gondola system in, or a rail line that can climb the little hill. They manage it all over the Alps all the time!

    simon asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.
  • This link road will generate extra traffic, both to/from the airport and the other development that will happen on or by it. However it ends at the A65, already a very congested corridor to/from Leeds, however there appears to be no provision for any sort of improvements from there to Leeds itself or the motorway network, so it will just be adding congestion to an already very congested route. (The same could be said for the Leeds East Orbital Road, but that's another topic).

    Chris asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. The LBA Link Route proposals are being progressed in the wider context of strategic transport improvements across NW Leeds. Leeds City Council are progressing work to investigate the strategic case, implications and opportunities arising from dualling the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road between Horsforth and Rodley and capacity enhancements at Horsforth Roundabout. 

  • I don’t understand the rationale for Link A, given the longer route for cars to get to the same point as Link B, other than provide a connection to Parkway. If Parkway is to be built, then a light rail connection to terminal would suffice? Link B including C junction upgrades would be the natural conclusion. Plus, more sensible parking, drop off, collection options at the airport. Suggest visit China, pretty much any major airport, for a suggestion how to resolve the connectivity problem.

    DB asked 4 months ago

    There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system. Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost.

  • Regarding the footpath/cyclepath from the parkway station to Cookridge, how are you planning to prevent people from parking for free in the estates at the other end of this path? When looking at Manchester Airport people are parking in housing estates in Wythenshawe up to three miles away from the airport.

    L Dyson asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. The mechanism for restricting rail related parking in Cookridge will be explored further as the project progresses. 

  • This is really frustrating. This whole consultation assumes that it is environmentally sound to expand this airport from 4M to 7M passengers/yr, itself highly doubtful. Secondly, what is the point of an airport train and shuttle bus combo - if one is travelling with a suitcase any sort of transport interchange is one too many. Leeds needs a tube system (like any other European city of comparable size/status) and that Tube needs to go to the airport and thereby relieve the A660 and A65. If the three options go forward please choose one with safe segregated cycle lanes - based on 1 or 2.

    Chris Webb asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. Previous studies have been undertaken which explored options for a direct rail link. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. WYCA commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system. Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • Why not have a bus service run on theX84 route. You have done this for pool with the X85 why not have a bus turn left at dynley arms to go to airport. You have 3bus routes on the Rawdon Bradford side.Anyone from Headingley side have to go into Leeds to get to the airport. All so the parkway station st horsforth. Will this be part of the regular service from Leeds or just an extra stop, plus the distance from the station to the tunnel is not that great why not just increase the size oh Horsforth station. And the other proposed routes it will cause a great deal of distrubance to the area for very little inprovement....

    G Moore asked 4 months ago

    Bus services to the airport (and in the vicinity) are operated by commercial bus operators. Any future amendments to existing routes or new services, including utilisation of any future Link Route Option, would require discussions with commercial bus operators once a preferred option is identified / as the scheme progresses.
    The proposed parkway station is for a new rail station on the Harrogate line between the Bramhope Tunnel and Horsforth Rail Station. Development of a suitable train service timetable on this route will be a continuous process throughout the development of this project. 

  • All of the proposed link roads will destroy local area Green Belt and lead to more cars causing both increased traffic and more pollution too. Air pollution is already in breach of safe nitrogen dioxide levels. The plans all involve increasing the amount of traffic using the incredibly congested Horsforth roundabout, the A65 and the Ring Road, but do not make any provisions for increasing the capacity of these junctions. The parkway rail link would be significantly cheaper than all options. The Council’s road improvement option is £15million, and both new roads would cost between £50 – £75 million of public money for small gain – journeys from Leeds city to the airport would only be reduced by seven minutes – is it worth it?

    L Shaw asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered through the consultation analysis. A business case for the scheme needs to be submitted to, and approved by, WYCA for funding to be allocated to the scheme. This work is underway and a value for money case will need to be presented as part of the business case. If WYCA is not satisfied that the scheme will provide sufficient value for money funding will not be awarded. Noise and air quality impacts, associated with the creation of a proposed LBA Link Route and LBA Parkway Station, are being assessed as part of the development of the Outline Business Case (OBC) for the schemes. Further details will be provided when available.

  • Why do we have to walk so far to and from aircraft with no facilities for older and infirm people up/down steps long walks to aircraft when parked as far away from terminal not always a bus and runway still too short terrible landings slamming brakes on .

    Allenwynne 10 asked 4 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. This consultation is concerned with surface access to the airport. Information relating to facilities at the airport would need to be directed to LBA.
  • How are you justifying proposing a scheme through Green belt which will result in further pressure on the green belt which would become enclosed by the new road and ultimately lead to development. Also, why is LCC pursuing a scheme which is not based on sustainable transport solutions?

    Rick b asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered in the consultation analysis. The Link Road scheme is not proposed to support new developments. There is currently no intention to provide junctions along the Link Route Options A and B other than those connecting to existing highways i.e. A65, A658, Whitehouse Lane and potential for access to the Parkway Station as appropriate. LCC’s (draft) Site Allocations Plan, expected to be adopted in Summer 2019, sets out the locations for development across Leeds. A proposed employment site is located to the north of Whitehouse Lane. There are no other proposed employment and housing sites in the Aireborough and North Leeds area that result from the provision of a link road. The current consultation is on a package of multi-modal measure to improve surface access to the airport.
  • There doesn't seem to be anywhere in the survey to comment on expansion of the airport at all. Do we really want or need LBA to grow? It feels like growth for growth's sake. LBA is fine as a small regional airport. It's just in the wrong place to be bigger. Frankly, if people working in Leeds city centre need to fly for business, they would find it better to use Manchester Airport. There is already direct train access there which is far more reliable than travelling around Leeds by road. Channel 4 will even have their office right outside the entrance to Leeds station! Improving trains between Leeds and Manchester (and Manchester Airport) would be of far more economic benefit to Leeds and the region than upgrading LBA and its access routes.

    Phil asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. Your comments will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.
  • The issue is LBA wants to expand to meet future demand, but its infrastructure connection is not sufficient to meet future demand. It takes too long to drive there. Is the link road solution good? No, because the congestion is on the ring road. So, having a new link road will make no difference to get to the airport because the problem of congestion will still exist on the Ring Road. How about improving the Ring Road by creating more lanes? Is that good? No! I know that's counter-intuitive but research and experience has proven than more lanes leads to more congestion. See the research: https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2018/09/citylab-university-induced-demand/569455/ So what is the solution: Stop focusing on the car as a means to get anywhere. Have a better train network. Make Leeds a truly bike-friendly city with proper off-road bike lanes. Learn from Scandinavia, Netherlands, Spain on how to get a first class network with bikes and trains at the preferred method of transport.

    TomV asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. Your comments will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.
  • I thought carbon emissions were a general concern. These proposals seem to primarily increase outgoing tourism with the associated carbon emissions. I would have thought this was a pollution issue as Ryanair have now reached the top ten European polluters and more significantly, I understand, Jet2 aeroplanes are not as efficient as Ryanair aeroplanes. If this is not an issue, I will be pleased, as I can make use of flights and feel guilt free of my personal carbon footprint.

    Brian asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. Leeds City Council (LCC), the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership support LBA. LBA is required to work in partnership to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion. Monitoring of air quality is a requirement of the airport’s planning conditions and this is reviewed regularly by Leeds City Council. Air quality and Greenhouse Gas impacts, associated with the creation of a proposed LBA Link Route and LBA Parkway Station, are being assessed as part of the development of the Outline Business Case (OBC) for the schemes. Further details will be provided when available.
  • You give figures at the start in relation to passenger numbers, jobs etc. You will have modelled the potential effect of leaving the European Union on these projections. What are the predicted effects?

    Martin H asked 5 months ago
    Thank you for your message. We have used the Department for Transport (DfT);forecasts these show an increase to 7.1 million passengers per year by 2030
  • What is the projected impact of carbon emissions from surface transport to and from the airport, from the anticipated growth in users, described above? How does this fit with national and local targets for reducing greenhouse gas emssions?

    Oneplanetman asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. Leeds City Council (LCC), the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership support LBA. LBA is required to work in partnership to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion. Monitoring of air quality is a requirement of the airport’s planning conditions and this is reviewed regularly by Leeds City Council
  • Why is the Train station not ending directly into the airport, I have stopped using LBA as Leeds to Manchester airport is more convenient. I don't like lugging suitcases on and off buses and trains so why put the third one into the pot. e.g. bus from home to center, train from Leeds to Horsforth. Bus or taxi to the airport .

    x asked 5 months ago

    At this stage, it is unlikely that a direct rail link will be affordable and offer value for money. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. WYCA commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.
    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • How far is lantwood on Scotland lane from the parkway station route?

    Helen campbell asked 5 months ago

    Lantwood House on Scotland Lane is approximately 600m away from the section of rail line where the proposed parkway station would be located. 

  • On the key plan why can't you be honest and say Warehouse and Distribution units on Green belt and not Proposed employment areas and tell the truth for a change This is deliberately trying to decieve the public who ever agreed to this should be sacked

    Peter nelson asked 3 months ago

    The terminology used here relates to that used in the draft Site Allocation Plan - There is an area of land (36ha) adjacent to the airport which is a 'Proposed New Employment Allocation' for general employment. 

  • Have you considered an innovative approach? Convert the rail line to be a combined rail / guided bus route. The bus could then leave the track North of Horsforth Station and deliver passengers to the airport buildings without the need to change vehicles. On the return journey back to Leeds the buses could leave the track before the station so not cause congestion at the platforms. If the buses were Hydrogen powered, a canopy over part of the track, could support P-V panels and the electricity used to release the Hydrogen from water. The buses could also leave the track and not cause delays to trains while passengers board with suitcases etc. Hydrogen powered trains could then run on further without the problem / cost of overhead lines. A better site for the Park and ride scheme would be the Woodside Quarry with a station created on the Leeds Harrogate line, as this would allow traffic from the A660 to have an alternative than driving through Headingley

    WPP asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.

  • How is it every time a new housing development is approved in local area,traffic congestion is not an issue and the road network is able to handle the increase?But now apparently it is over capacity at certain times,can't have it both ways.

    Iainp asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. Leeds City Region and Leeds Bradford Airport are forecast to grow significantly over the coming years. Leeds is expected to outperform the national economy over the next 20 years and the airport is forecast to double its current passenger numbers by 2040. Growing passenger numbers with limited travel options will have to use existing roads meaning areas around the airport will increase in congestion, and cause further delays. The plans we are currently consulting on will improve the ways in which passengers can get to and from the airport and to cater for anticipated demand. 

  • I have have asked this question previously, but cannot see your answer. Why do you think airport traffic is causing congestion on the A65 etc (and therefore by ploughing new roads to the airport this will solve the problem?). I only see traffic jams at rush hour peak time on these roads, and, as airports don't have a 'rush hours', I fail to see it's the airport traffic causing delays? What percentage of traffic using the A65 from Horsforth to Rawdon is airport traffic? I presume you've carried our detailed traffic surveys to reach this point in planning? Also, I travel down Scotland Lane to and from work every day, and apart from some taxis, it's hardly a heavy stream of traffic. Hardly worth spending £100m plus of tax payers money to solve anyway.

    P Ainley asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be taken into account through the consultation analysis. Extensive traffic modelling work has been undertaken throughout the work to date on the Leeds Bradford Airport Link Route and this has been validated using traffic survey data. Further detailed transport modelling work is being finalised to establish the scale of change resulting from the different options being considered. Further details will follow when available, and will be presented at further public engagement later in 2019. Leeds City Region and Leeds Bradford Airport are forecast to grow significantly over the coming years. Leeds is expected to outperform the national economy over the next 20 years and the airport is forecast to double its current passenger numbers by 2040. Growing passenger numbers with limited travel options will have to use existing roads meaning areas around the airport will increase in congestion, and cause further delays. The plans we are currently consulting on will improve the ways in which passengers can get to and from the airport and to cater for anticipated demand. 

  • Have you considered an access route which uses the A660 Otley Rd. from Lawnswood Roundabout on Leeds Ring Road? The construction of a new junction at the A658 / A660 intersection is entirely feasible with Airport access along the A658. I suggested this route in my correspondence dated 30 January 2016 and 02 April 2019 together with advantages. If this has been examined, what were the reasons why the proposal is not a listed option? If not examined, why not?

    Geoff. Black asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered through the consultation analysis. A number of alternative routes in this area have been considered. A wider connectivity study has recently been undertaken which considered a number of alternative link road options including those to the north, east and west of LBA. Assessment found that whilst these alternative options aligned well with some of the objectives, potential link routes in those locations generally served areas with relatively low population density and were unlikely to provide as many benefits.

    Given the various constraints such as undulating topography, location/position of airport infrastructure and environmental sensitivities, the three corridors identified are considered to be the best options. The additional work undertaken since the previous engagement has added more detail to the routing, including consideration of issues such as junction requirements, walking and cycling facilities and impacts on existing environmental sensitivities amongst others.

  • How are any of these proposals consistent with our obligations under Paris Agreement climate targets?

    Edward Russell asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.
    LBA is required to work in partnership to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion.
    Air quality and Greenhouse Gas impacts, associated with the creation of a proposed LBA Link Route and LBA Parkway Station, are being assessed as part of the development of the Outline Business Case (OBC) for the schemes. Further details will be provided when available.

  • I live near Wetherby. It seems to me that none of the proposals are going to do much for me. Leeds' thinking (as ever) is too city centre oriented. For me to get to the Airport by bus means travelling into Leeds City Centre (or Harrogate) and out again which takes too long. Can't go by rail as Dr Beeching killed off our railway. Whilst it is further to go to Manchester, I find that the flights from there (e.g. to places like Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, as well as further afield) are more useful than LBA which is really only good for holiday flights and awkward connections with BA via Heathrow or KLM via Amsterdam. In addition to a heavy rail link, Manchester is also served by its Tram system.

    Colin P asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be fed into the consultation analysis. 

  • Would be great if this was communicated better to Airport staff. I work at the airport and utilise public transport. There is more people than myself who work at the airport, or around that area who use the same transport. Let me tell you in a nutshell - it is a nightmare. Unreliable 757 service where buses are constantly late or just plain don't show up. I know, it's none of your business to address this here. My question is - are any plans made to re-route the 757 line? Or have additional bus service? In regards to the train option, it's a half-measure to build a station 20-30 minute walk away from the airport - that is not an airport station, it is just close to it. Still, I understand budged constraints and this is better than nothing. What would be the frequency of those train links? What times would they start? Do you take airport staff under consideration or it is just purely for people travelling in/out of LBA? In regards to the road options: A is just a joke if you won't rebuild A65 as a dual-carriageway. B would be the best option as it could potentially serve as a bus re-route. Would be ideal if it had a bus lane, but I understand space is limited.

    Sebastian asked 4 months ago

    Bus services to the airport (and in the vicinity) are operated by commercial bus operators. Any future amendments to existing routes or new services, including utilisation of any future Link Route Option, would require discussions with commercial bus operators once a preferred option is identified / as the scheme progresses.
    The proposed parkway station is for a new rail station on the Harrogate line between the Bramhope Tunnel and Horsforth Rail Station. Development of a suitable train service timetable on this route will be a continuous process throughout the development of this project. 

  • Is it true that an expanded airport in an urban area is bringing into that area massive air and noise polution.

    Marilyn barber asked 4 months ago

    This consultation is concerned with surface access to the airport. LBA is required to work in partnership to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion.
    LBA's masterplan sets out the airport’s likely growth and development to 2030 and refers to mitigation of noise. Further details are available here: https://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/about-leeds-bradford-airport/development

  • Will there be any information on noise levels with the new proposal of a bigger airport? Even if we are not on the flight path. Triple glazing where added to houses many years ago what will be on offer for horsrfoth residents?

    Elaine asked 4 months ago

    This consultation is concerned with surface access to the airport. Leeds City Council (LCC), the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership support LBA in its current location. LBA is required to work in partnership to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion.
    LBA's masterplan sets out the airport’s likely growth and development to 2030 and refers to mitigation of noise. Further details are available here: https://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/about-leeds-bradford-airport/development

  • Can you provide comparative casts for a road link and a Rail link? How would you compel travellers to use the new road instead of the existing roads?

    Mr.T D Scully asked 4 months ago

    Indicative estimated costs have been provided in the consultation materials for the link route options and are as follows:
    Option A - £90m-£100m, Option B - £60m-£70m,  Option C - £30m-£40m.
    The anticipated cost of the LBA Parkway Station is still being determined as part of the development process. 

  • I don't think this process is working properly at all and it's far more complicated than it needs to be. I submitted an e mail on 3rd March, got confirmation of it by e mail and now it's either been abandoned or ignored. If this process doesn't work, what chances for the rest of it!

    hugh asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your message. Due to the volume of comments we receive, the team cannot reply individually to each feedback email, however, any comments on the scheme will be taken into consideration and will be accepted as feedback.

  • What about the surrounding area of Housing and the green fields?

    Hash Tailor asked 4 months ago

    Options A and B for the proposed new road involve construction that will impact on the openness of the green belt. As part of the business case and any subsequent planning application, there will be a need to demonstrate special circumstances to justify development, these will need to highlight the requirement for the road and appropriate constraints - including construction constraints and a lack of alternative routes that would provide the required functionality and traffic improvements. Route C is unlikely to impact the openness of the green belt.
    Whilst bringing benefits to existing routes, it is recognised that Link Route Options A and B will introduce some adverse impacts. Areas have been identified and indicative mitigation measures outlined including steeply sloped verges, allowing the road to sit below eye level, and tree/hedge planting to lessen visual and noise impacts. 

  • Where is the data in order to understand the justification for any of these options? In order to have a business case for any option, can you show: 1) Measurements of traffic at relevant junctions at various points in the day? 2) To what extent these measurements are affected by scheduled flight times compared to the every day commuter traffic? 3) What is the anticipated impact for each option on the figures provided in response to points 1 & 2 and the evidence for this? 4) If the proposed train station needs a shuttle bus, why not just have a shuttle bus from the existing Horsforth station?

    H asked 4 months ago

    The option of serving Horsforth rail station with an airport shuttle bus services was previously considered. The overall journey time of this option is less attractive than a LBA parkway option. Also, due to the constraints of the local highway network near Horsforth station, it would be a challenge to provide a reliable shuttle bus services between Horsforth station and LBA. Whilst it may be feasible to operate a bus link between Horsforth station and Leeds Bradford Airport, doing so would not meet all the objectives of the LBA Parkway Station.

    Further detailed transport modelling work is being finalised on the LBA Link Route options to establish the scale of change resulting from the different options being considered. Further details will follow when available as part of the next Phase of consultation (Phase 1b).

  • How does improving road links to the airport, and thus expansion of the airport itself, fit with Leeds City Council’s low emissions policy when clearly Planes are the largest polluters in this area.

    planeT3 asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. Leeds City Council (LCC), the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership support LBA. LBA is required to work in partnership to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion. Monitoring of air quality is a requirement of the airport’s planning conditions and this is reviewed regularly by Leeds City Council.
    Air quality and Greenhouse Gas impacts, associated with the creation of a proposed LBA Link Route and LBA Parkway Station, are being assessed as part of the development of the Outline Business Case (OBC) for the schemes. Further details will be provided when available.

  • I think a bus/rail parkway is wasteful and not robust enough for the future. If LBA continues to expand (and there are many reasons why it is in the wrong place for this) it is far better to provide a light rail link directly into the airport. In a country procuring HS2, Crossrail and silly ideas like Brexit, Leeds need to shout louder for the comparative loose change this would cost. It should be done in conjunction with Leeds-York via Harrogate electrification/improved line speed.

    dave59 asked 5 months ago

    At this stage, it is unlikely that a direct rail link will be affordable and offer value for money. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. WYCA commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.
    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • It's a good idea but the question is how much it will cost? The other thing is you have a very good bus system run from the bus station what effect it will bring?

    Hash Tailor asked 5 months ago

    The anticipated cost of the LBA Parkway Station is still being determined as part of the development process.
    Indicative costs for the LBA Link Route are Option A (£90-100million), Option B (£60-70m) and Option C (£20-30m).
    LBA is currently served by bus services mainly connecting to Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate. These services are operated by commercial bus operators. It is possible that any Link Route (Option A or B) could accommodate rerouted or new bus services but this would need discussions with commercial bus operators once a preferred option is identified / as the scheme progresses. 

  • What consideration is being given to residents whose property value will be adversely affected by either of these schemes. We get no reduction in rates for the noise or air and dirt pollution we suffer with and with this going to increase with extra air traffic and then new roads running between us and the airport our properties are going to be devalued and we will be in a situation where we won't be able to sell up and move away.

    Airport neighbor asked 4 months ago

    At this stage the value of the land is not considered to be affected by proposals under consultation. Town and Country Planning Act 1990 Schedule 13 gives 22 categories of land to which the planning blight procedures apply. In summary, the project is at an early stage and there has been no resolution by the Local Authority or Secretary of State to build the scheme or safeguard the land and therefore blight does not apply.

  • Will the airport have free water fountains after security so that we can fill up empty water bottles or thermos flask for free to avoid the rip off charges.The Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that this is allowed

    Peter L asked 3 months ago

    This consultation is concerned with surface access to the airport. Information relating to facilities within the terminal building would need to be directed to LBA.

  • How many lanes are proposed for these new road plans

    Airport neighbor asked 4 months ago

    Initial traffic modelling work has been undertaken to identify the highway standard required for a proposed Link Route option (otions A or B). The results of the tests identified that a single carriageway would be the most appropriate standard for the link route given the forecast demand resulting from growth at LBA and the wider NW Leeds area and the need to minimise impacts resulting from development of a new road.

  • Why is Leeds always sold short when it comes to infrastructure projects, West Yorkshire as a whole with a population of over 1.6 million people have no mass transit system.... why!!! Our local politicians are a disgrace where is our representation we all pay taxes and contribute? Why does every major city in the UK and Europe have an integrated transport system, while we in West Yorkshire are given sub standard options focused around bus travel !!! The finances are found for cross rail, the channel tunnel, tram systems, what do we get Park and ride? I would love to use an efficient transport alternative to get around Leeds/West Yorkshire, but I will continue to drive until a viable alternative is provided. And I will use the TRAIN to travel across to Manchester to use there airport...Ironic isn't it?

    T Notch asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be fed into the consultation analysis. 

  • Both the Rawdon Crossroads junction and the Whitehouse Rd junction do not suffer from congestion, so I cannot understand why you are proposing to spend money on them. We have major congestion problems on the A65 between Menston and Rawdon, not only at peak times but at weekends too. This is far worse than the junctions you want to spend money on. A link road will do nothing to help with existing congestion - it will just bring even more cars into the area and make the problems worse.

    cw asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be fed into the consultation analysis. 

  • Will there be gender neutral toilets in the new terminal?

    Alison Lowe asked 4 months ago

    This consultation is concerned with surface access to the airport. Information relating to facilities within the terminal building would need to be directed to LBA.

  • I put some suggestions to the people who are trying to get this plan through planning without much knowledge of the area that affected by these plans, in fact they are very ignorant about it, having lived in Rawdon for the last 40years I reckon I know the area but I am afraid the people trying to get this proposal through planning are absolute novices in planning. The main problem is the Ring road if you can call it that, it is not fit for purpose and will never be until it is made into Dual Carraigeway around the whole of Leeds not just doing bits and pieces all the time, I afraid the local council is past it sell date, they have no idea how to sort it out with there ideas they have come up with, it times the all took retirement as they are past there usefulness to the people of Leeds who deserve something better than what they offering.

    Chas Ankin asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be fed into the consultation analysis. 

  • Given that the prime beneficiary of this will be Leeds Bradford airport how much funding is be8ng secured from them t9 improve access to the airport?

    Cj2 asked 4 months ago

    The LBA Link Route is identified in the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund (WYPTF) as a Core Project and has an initial allocation of funding for its delivery. A funding strategy for both the LBA Link Route and LBA Parkway Station will be developed alongside work on the Outline Business Cases. This will clarify funding sources and mechanisms, considering the existing funding allocations, third party contributions and opportunities for borrowing and investment, once the capital costs have been prepared. There will be a need for partner contributions to support the implementation of the infrastructure package.

  • Why on earth have LBA done away with free disabled drop off close to the terminal, that is my question

    Frank asked 4 months ago

    The car parking regime and associated costs are managed by LBA, this includes a wide range of parking costs based on duration and location of parking, there is also a one hour free parking area. Comments relating to parking charges should be directed towards LBA. 

  • Why do you charge so much to drop a passenger off this is disgusting, you want people to buy in your cafe , an hour free could improve that

    Susan wtight asked 4 months ago

    The car parking regime and associated costs are managed by LBA, this includes a wide range of parking costs based on duration and location of parking, there is also a one hour free parking area. Comments relating to parking charges should be directed towards LBA. 

  • Why isn’t there a bus from Wetherby direct to Leeds Bradford Airport?

    Suzanne asked 4 months ago

    Bus services to the airport (and in the vicinity) are operated by commercial bus operators. LBA's Surface Access Strategy makes reference to current and future bus links. Any specific queries on new bus routes will be subject to discussions between LBA and commercial bus operators. 

  • This whole exercise is putting the cart before the horse. Why should local airports have to trumpet themselves as essential regionally? Surely what is needed first is a national airports strategy and in the light of this consider regional requirements. It is rather silly for Leeds to push itself as well as Doncaster and Tees-side; and then there’s Humberside. Why have them all? All compete for public resources and it seems that those that shout the loudest get all the attention. Let’s be more rational. Maybe it would be sensible to have only one major airport east of the Pennines (in Yorkshire and Humber anyway). Which location would be the most sustainable in terms of accessibility, least nuisance, reliability (weather etc.), other infrastructure requirements, environmental considerations and so on. Standing back, it looks like the development of Doncaster/Sheffield might have a strong case with the other airports in the region taking a back seat. But, as I said, that needs putting in the context of a national strategy. Public funds are too precious to be spent on personal favourites, parochialism and knee-jerk responses to politically-favoured projects.

    Colboy asked 4 months ago

    The government is currently consulting on its UK aviation strategy - further details are available here: https://aviationstrategy.campaign.gov.uk/
    This document highlights that local and regional airports attract tourism and businesses to the areas in which they are located due to the air road and rail access links that support the airport. It is noted that these airports act as a gateway to international opportunities and play a crucial economic role in the area they are situated. 

  • please relook at the expensive car access even for collection, drop off as this is counterproductive and is not a good advert for visitors to Leeds Bradford airport.

    Amelia asked 4 months ago

    The car parking regime and associated costs are managed by LBA, this includes a wide range of parking costs based on duration and location of parking, there is also a one hour free parking area. Comments relating to parking charges should be directed towards LBA. 

  • We live in south shields but would love to travel down by train as we do to Manchester.

    Ray obrien asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. 

  • Why 5 minuts parking cost up to 5 pounds?

    Zbigniew asked 5 months ago

    The car parking regime and associated costs are managed by LBA, this includes a wide range of parking costs based on duration and location of parking, there is also a one hour free parking area. Comments relating to parking charges should be directed towards LBA. 

  • Option C does not offer a solution to the proposed problem. If you expect passenger numbers to increase and thus road traffic to increase you need to improve capacity. Option C will improve flow at the junction but capacity will always be limited by the single carriageway roads at either side of the improved junctions.

    Rich asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered through the consultation analysis.

  • How robust are the forecasts of traffic growth? If in fact growth is lower can the planned investment be cut back? These questions are pertinent given the long list of reasons why growth over the next 10 years will be less than the last 10

    David Leslie asked 5 months ago

    Further detailed transport modelling work is being undertaken to establish the scale of change and potential  impacts resulting from the different options being considered.
    The methodology follows the appropriate Department for Transport / West Yorkshire Combined Authority guidance.
    Further details will follow when available as part of the next Phase of public engagement (Phase 1b).

  • Are there any plans to penalise heavily polluting cars going into he area round the airport? Polluton will steadily increase with this traffic growth. This and the resulting carbon footprint would be reduced if polluting vehicles were taxed - probably using the same mechanism as proposed for central Leeds.

    David Leslie asked 5 months ago

    This is not being considered as part of this proposal, however Leeds City Council has proposals for introducing a Clean Air Charging Zone - further details are available here: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/business/environmental-health-for-business/air-quality 

  • Shouldn't the improvements be made to the actual airport first, increasing amenities, more and improved gates, faster unloading of luggage etc, last time I used the airport, there was a delay flying out, with nowhere to sit or wait, the return journey was a nightmare, the plane had to be parked at the far end of the airport, and the passengers after a long delay eventually bused back to the terminal, then a 3 hour wait to collect bags, collecting my car and driving home wasnt an issue, got a bus across to the parking collected my car that had been brought round for me and roads were clear

    asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. This consultation is focussing on surface access to the airport. The internal operation of the airport is managed by LBA. LBA's masterplan and Surface Access Strategy sets out the airport’s likely growth and development to 2030. A terminal extension project is currently underway that will improve amenities, provide better gate access and improved baggage reclaim operations. This will be completed by summer 2020. Further details are available here: https://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/about-leeds-bradford-airport/development 

  • I am not convinced that the link roads will be the right thing to do, congestion on the ring road from Dawsons corner right through to Horsforth are already at their limits. The only respite is during school holidays. However if I had to choose I would opt for option A. The very nature of the roads leading to the airport are such, that widening them will be restricted and attracting additional traffic through the area will create even more bottlenecks, unless it can be dual carriageway ALL the way to the airport. Whomever designs the re-vamping of junctions isn't exactly good at it, if you look at the fiasco of Kirkstall road or Rodley and Horsforth roundabouts.....they are still just as bad, if not worse!! As Paul R has suggested, if we are to have a "park and ride" for the train station off Scotland lane, couldn't there be an automated electric rail transfer system. Similar to the TGV in Paris or like the ones in the larger airports in USA!? We should be looking at reducing pollution not increasing it with buses to transfer pax. I would also like to see dedicated EV charging at the airport ASAP - is this planned??

    Jammydodger0905 asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered through the consultation analysis.
    At this stage, it is unlikely that a direct rail link will be affordable and offer value for money. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. WYCA commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.
    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost.
    There are EV charging points at the airport already, but more are planned as part of the airports Travel Plan obligations.

  • How does the expansion of the airport fit with reducing carbon emissions and the effect on the climate crisis we are facing? How has the impact of increased noise on the wellbeing of the area's residents been considered, noting the recent improved scientific understanding of how sleep affects health? Have you considered park and ride schemes on existing major roads (A660 and A65). This should use any available brownfield land?

    Sylvie asked 5 months ago

    Leeds City Council is committed to supporting the growth of LBA, recognising the long term local and regional economic benefits it brings. A better connected airport will help to promote business growth in our key sectors and other industries, and to attract more investment. The ability of businesses to access international markets is needed to support the economy of the city and the wider region.

    LBA will be required to work in partnership with LCC and local communities to ensure that economic opportunities are realised, and any adverse consequences of the airport’s growth are managed and mitigated.

    Park and Ride schemes have been considered across Leeds - further details are available here: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel/connecting-leeds-and-transforming-travel/bus-travel.  The LBA Parkway station will provide park and ride (rail) opportunities for people to travel to and from local urban centres.

  • Air travel is a major polluter of the atmosphere. So why are local authorities promoting and encouraging a doubling of this form of travel? Whilst at the same time hitting individual home owners and motorists with punitive clean air regulations and charges. Hypocrisy is a word which comes to mind.

    john pass asked 5 months ago

    Leeds City Council is committed to supporting the growth of LBA, recognising the long term local and regional economic benefits it brings. A better connected airport will help to promote business growth in our key sectors and other industries, and to attract more investment. The ability of businesses to access international markets is needed to support the economy of the city and the wider region.

    LBA will be required to work in partnership with LCC and local communities to ensure that economic opportunities are realised, and any adverse consequences of the airport’s growth are managed and mitigated.

  • I have previously asked this question, but don't seem to have had a response. I agree with the original proposal of a station to serve the airport. My concern is the park and ride scheme at the new railway station...i would imagine a large number of users will come from Rawdon/Yeadon, Horsforth & Cookridge, they will all use Brownberrie Lane/Scotland Lane. If coming from Horsforth direction, this causes a further impact on an already congested area of Horsforth, ie. the Old Ball Roundabout, Station Road, Long Row, Lister Hill. Thinking about Brownberrie Lane, there are 2 x schools, a nursery and University which Brownberrie Lane services, which on top of the increased road use, also results in a higher footflow, with already inadequate pathways serving the road. What plans do you have to improve this part of the road/path system, particularly if Option A link road is rejected? Thanks!

    Y asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The LBA parkway station is still at an early stage of development. Work is currently underway to consider the likely passenger demand for LBA parkway station. This information will inform the design of the station and its connection to the highway network as the project progresses. 

  • Will there be a footpath over the railway line from the Cookridge side with either a new bridge or upgrading existing footpaths to existing bridges please?

    TheGIC asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Yes, as part of the rail station a new footbridge will be constructed over the existing rail line. This footbridge will provide cross platform access and open up pedestrian and cycle links between the station and Cookridge.

  • What is the evidence for the growth in air traffic? Air travel will be discouraged as it is very polluting and taxes are due to increase to make air travel expensive We already have a station at Horsforth why not put a free bus( electric)on from there seems a cheaper option plus a station at Guiseley

    J Haywood asked 4 months ago

    In 2018 the airport handled over 4 million passengers, an increase of nearly 13% in just 12 months. The Department for Transport (DfT) has forecast that there is the potential to increase this to 7.2 million by 2030 and to approximately 8 million passengers a year by 2040.
    The option of serving Horsforth rail station with an airport shuttle bus services was previously considered. The overall journey time of this option is less attractive than a LBA parkway option. Also, due to the constraints of the local highway network near Horsforth station, it would be a challenge to provide a reliable shuttle bus services between Horsforth station and LBA. Whilst it may be feasible to operate a bus link between Horsforth station and Leeds Bradford Airport, doing so would not meet all the objectives of the LBA Parkway Station. 

  • If LBA are going to double capacity over 30 years can we not make sure that whatever transport requirements are needed are paid for by LBA.

    Steve Hunt asked 4 months ago

    Funding, if approved, would be provided by the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund (WYPTF). A contribution will be sought from LBA (although this has not yet been agreed). It is important to note that LBA brings significant benefit to the regional economy which justifies the use of WYPTF monies for scheme(s) that improve surface access to the airport.

  • Do you see Option C as a long term solution? I realise as the cheapest it may be the one we get! Option C appears to be the worst of the three. I grew up on the Harrogate Road in Rawdon and saw the increase in traffic year on year. If you make this the route it will not remove the traffic but add to it, negating any flow rate improvement provided by the new junctions. Also, C will have the worst effect on housing generally as the route is houses all the way. Options A or B (i.e. the new roads) appear best to me but I don’t really have an opinion of which one is the better. B is shorter, A has other improvements i.e. widening the Harrogate Road further north which potentially eases any airport traffic coming up the hill from Otley. The one thing odd with A is how Scotland Lane will run parallel to the new road with no access to it but presumably there will have to be something if the Parkway station is built.

    jhr2 asked 4 months ago

    Option C involves an upgrade to the following junctions on the existing highway.
    The junction improvements would cater for the predicted future volume of traffic but are not
    expected to reduce congestion from its current levels. It is recognised that they will require land acquisition, including possible demolition of a small number of properties. 

  • The whole idea of additional road development and the process of debunking from a train onto a shuttle bus is absurd and demonstrates that LBA is in the wrong location. Regardless that Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is already integrated into the existing transport network shows a total lack of foresight and future proof planning. Rather than pander to private companies that own LBA be BOLD and relocate the airport. This half hearted piecemeal approach will prove to be a false economy. All of this of course has no respect for the environment and future generations. What will be the cost of additional road and air pollution on North Leeds. By promoting continued air travel you are increasing CO2 emissions when you should be looking to reduce them. Develop the railway link to Manchester airport that would be the most sustainable and environmentally friendly proposal.

    Smarti asked 4 months ago

    Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is already integrated into the existing transport network, not only locally but also nationally. Leeds City Council (LCC), the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership support LBA in its current location and to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion. It is not deemed practical to relocate the airport, or for the council to develop an additional one at an alternative site

  • Will there better flights to Pakistan such as emirates, ethiad and British airways

    Shazad Mahmood asked 4 months ago

    This consultation is concerned with surface access to the airport. Information relating to flight schedules would need to be directed to LBA.

  • Will they be flights to Pakistan and other international country and Europe. Thank you Shazad

    Shazad Mahmood asked 4 months ago

    This consultation is concerned with surface access to the airport. Information relating to flight schedules would need to be directed to LBA.

  • Option C.How will this affect Belmont grove? How can people living there already experiencing difficulties turning right on to Harrogate Road,be inconvenienced even further?No right turn into Belmont Grove coming up from Rawdon. The traffic problem is large lorries coming up Green Lane,turning left,take up two lanes,and then block the road up to Yeadon lights. Most of the traffic is going on to Harrogate and the A1 from A59not the Airport.

    Joan Kendall asked 4 months ago

    Access to Belmont Grove can be made from Green Lane and Harrogate Road (to the north of the junction).  Provision of traffic signals will enable access to Belmont Grove to be made safely. It is recognised there may be some inconvenience to residents on Belmont Grove but overall the junction will better cope with forecast future traffic growth. 

  • None of the 3 options proposed are appropriate. The traffic congestion around Rawdon is simply due to increased volume of vehicles as with most suburban areas of the UK. Any airport link road would be a hugely expensive ‘white elephant’ and would destroy green belt land. If you really want to improve traffic then the focus should be on improving the ring road and looking at access to the airport from ring road via A660 / Pool Bank. If it is truly airport access that you wish to improve then a proper rail link should be considered. Cost is used as an excuse to not look into this but look at the infrastructure at Manchester and Stansted airports - both have a heavy rail station at the heart of the airport.

    BevA asked 4 months ago

    The link route forms part of a wider strategic plan for the north-west area of Leeds.
    In addition to this, Leeds City Council is progressing work to investigate options for improvements which could be delivered to enhance the strategic orbital route of the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson’s Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65). 
    It is recognised there has been support for a rail link at LBA, however a rail link alone will not solve the current or forecast congestion issues that respondents were concerned about. Manchester Airport has a direct rail link, yet only 16% of passengers use rail to access it. This is why road access must be considered too.
    At this stage, it is unlikely that a direct rail link will be affordable and offer value for money. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. WYCA commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system. Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • Why get rid of green space that doesn’t need to be? These are both ridiculous options with the road the majority use now, there’s no issues why try and change it. From working in the restaurant nearby on the route and been a local the traffic is never that bad implementing any of these will cause a bad effect to both environment and traffic as the routes are a mess that have been created. Why is why I OBJECT to these

    BethS asked 4 months ago

    There are a number of longstanding transport problems in North-West Leeds currently, including congestion, which is one of the main constraints to affect accessibility to the airport. The congestion results from the road network within the vicinity of the airport having high traffic flows during peak times, resulting in longer and increasingly unreliable journey times. A lack of intervention will likely result in increased amounts of congestion and delay on the network, exacerbated by future growth at the airport and surrounding area. A new access road to LBA will provide more capacity on the road network to accommodate the current and forecast future congestion and create improved resilience and journey times. 

  • As a local resident of many years I would question the data this is proposition is based upon. Specifically, the A65 congestion is 98% commuter traffic - so options A and B are completely pointless. Option C could deliver some benefits. If option A or B is selected have you outlined a compensation package for the families on the east side of Layton Lane (as you will seriously devalue their homes by building a main road behind their house!)

    Frank Gehry asked 4 months ago

    Further detailed transport modelling work is being finalised to establish the scale of change resulting from the different options being considered. Further details will follow when available as part of the next Phase of consultation (Phase 1b).
    It is recognised that Link Route Options A and B will introduce some adverse impacts. Areas have been identified and indicative mitigation measures outlined including provision of steeply sloped verges, allowing the road to sit below eye level, and tree/hedge planting to lessen visual and noise impacts. Relevant compensation will be considered, as appropriate, when a preferred option is identified. 

  • Why are we not given the option of no road at all,the road will bring more pollution air and noise as the airport intends to expand wether the local population wants it or not. Again big money not giving a care for local communities.

    Marilyn barber asked 4 months ago

    The questionnaire provides the opportunity for respondents to indicate support or not for each option allowing for all views to be accounted for. 

  • Why are you not dealing with the real issue that will cause delay accessing LBA, the A647/ A65. Why does the council continue to fail to upgrade the road from Fink Hill junction to Dawsons corner to dual carriageway? Anyone travelling to the airport from the majority of Leeds will have to travel through this bottleneck. Please don't waste money that will have limited benefit 2% of journeys & spend it improving access for all around this part of Leeds. Yes improve the junctions as in option C, they will need improving anyway. The council have spent too much money tinkering with the existing Ring Road junctions at great expense but not actually resolving the issue. Non of options A- C resolve the actual issue & will just place additional pressures on the Ring Road. Whilst options A & B are an unwelcome destruction of what remains of our greenspace in Horsforth & Rawdon.

    JF@Horsforth asked 4 months ago

    The link route forms part of a wider strategic plan for the north-west area of Leeds.
    In addition to this, Leeds City Council is progressing work to investigate options for improvements which could be delivered to enhance the strategic orbital route of the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson’s Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65). 

  • Can you confirm if Options A or B are approved then LCC will NOT grant access to the greenbelt to build houses? Being local to Horsforth the current levels of pollution (both noise & exhaust) from the airport and congested roads are beyond acceptable now never mind expanding the airport and adding new roads. Can you provide any evidence of anybody ever having difficulty in accessing the existing airport? And can you also explain why the ringroad bridges between Rodley & Horsforth are not being upgraded to handle the increase in traffic?

    BrownEnvelopesAllRound asked 4 months ago

    The Link Road scheme is not proposed to support new developments. There is currently no intention to provide junctions along the Link Route Options A and B other than those connecting to existing highways i.e. A65, A658, Whitehouse Lane and potential for access to the Parkway Station as appropriate. LCC’s (draft) Site Allocations Plan, expected to be adopted in Summer 2019, sets out the locations for development across Leeds. A proposed employment site is located to the north of Whitehouse Lane. There are no other proposed employment and housing sites in the Aireborough and North Leeds area that directly result from the provision of a link route.
    Further detailed transport modelling work is being finalised to establish the scale of change resulting from the different options being considered. Further details will follow when available.
    The link route forms part of a wider strategic plan for the north-west area of Leeds.
    In addition to this, Leeds City Council is progressing work to investigate options for improvements which could be delivered to enhance the strategic orbital route of the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson’s Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65). 

  • The new link road will clearly open up significant development land so how much is the Council expecting to benefit from this road financially? Brings into question whether this is actually a financially motivated decision on the council’s part rather than suggesting it is for the good of the airport/the city!

    Horsforth resident asked 4 months ago

    Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and partners realise the potential the airport’s growth can bring to the Leeds City Region and are aware that access improvements are needed in order to cater for growing passenger numbers.
    The Link Road scheme is not proposed to support new developments. There is currently no intention to provide junctions along the Link Route Options A and B other than those connecting to existing highways i.e. A65, A658, Whitehouse Lane and potential for access to the Parkway Station as appropriate. LCC’s (draft) Site Allocations Plan, expected to be adopted in Summer 2019, sets out the locations for development across Leeds. A proposed employment site is located to the north of Whitehouse Lane. There are no other proposed employment and housing sites in the Aireborough and North Leeds area that directly result from the provision of a link route.

  • When are going to speed up security queues never mind roads and access to the airport

    Papachango asked 4 months ago

    The internal operation of the airport is managed by LBA. LBA's masterplan and Surface Access Strategy sets out the airport’s likely growth and development to 2030. A terminal extension is planned to improve the customer experience at LBA. Further details are available here: https://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/about-leeds-bradford-airport/development 

  • I would like to register my objections to the proposed link roads to Leeds and Bradford Airport These proposals do nothing to address the worst area of congestion namely the Horsforth Roundabout which is at a gridlock between 6:30 am and 7:30 pm with all approaching roads at a standstill. They do not in any way justify the total destruction of yet more precious green belt land that is a natural corridor between Horsforth and Rawdon. Also they will not alleviate any of the problems being experienced along Scotland Lane with commuters and Taxis "rat running" daily. Fix the broken Ring Road at Horsforth before wasting more of our money on a flawed project.

    Tony Crossfield asked 4 months ago

    The link route forms part of a wider strategic plan for the north-west area of Leeds.
    In addition to this, Leeds City Council is progressing work to investigate options for improvements which could be delivered to enhance the strategic orbital route of the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson’s Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65). 
    It is anticipated that the link route options would encourage traffic to reroute from existing local routes that are unsuitable for large volumes of traffic, such as Scotland Lane. 

  • I think you need to improve access to the airport by air, it takes only 4mm of snow or fog to render the airport useless. I suppose improved road transport will slightly improve the time it takes fleets of unroadworthy coaches to get people back from whichever airport they have been diverted to, but frankly I'd rather be confident that the airport is able to provide air travel that can both take off & land on its very own runway

    AndyBiW asked 5 months ago

    This consultation is considering surface access improvements to the airport. Suggested improvements to the management and operation of the airport itself would need to be directed towards LBA. LBA's masterplan and Surface Access Strategy sets out the airport’s likely growth and development to 2030. Further details are available here: https://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/about-leeds-bradford-airport/development 

  • The main problem is the roads coming out of Leeds, every road there is a roundabout Which you have to negotiate when you get to the front of the queue which can be anything up to 30 minutes. The ring road wants updating into dual carriageway around the City, with the roundabouts being flyovers, which and civilise country would do to cut down the congestion and not have to build all these roads at such high cost when you already in situ now, so you would not have to spend all this money on roads, it could be spent on project which helps to improve Leeds and get a better transport system for Leeds

    Chas Ankin asked 4 months ago

    The link route forms part of a wider strategic plan for the north-west area of Leeds.
    In addition to this, Leeds City Council is progressing work to investigate options for improvements which could be delivered to enhance the strategic orbital route of the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson’s Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65). 

  • Option A and B are clearly going to churn up green field with no advantage in relieving congestion at the Horsforth roundabout or ring road. Encouraging more car traffic from the South/ East to the airport is going to worsen the problem of vehicle nitrous oxide emissions to the local population. The link road money should instead be more specifically targeted on relieving the ring road congestion - much more likely to improve the local economy and wellbeing of people.

    TimS1 asked 4 months ago

    The link route forms part of a wider strategic plan for the north-west area of Leeds.
    In addition to this, Leeds City Council is progressing work to investigate options for improvements which could be delivered to enhance the strategic orbital route of the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson’s Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65). 

  • I'm supportive of the expansion, and would like to understand what consideration is being given to maintaining existing bridleways in the area, introducing new link routes for horses, and ensuring safe crossing of key roads (e.g. A65 and A658) which will be carrying increased traffic? There are a large number of horses stabled in the Cookridge / Bramhope / Horsforth / Yeadon area, belonging to local residents, and this is a real opportunity to showcase how a development can fully integrate their needs alongside those of walkers and cyclists.

    Juliet asked 4 months ago

    Consideration of types of formal provision for various road users has been given taking account of likely use of the route.
    None of the proposed link route options cross a bridleway or sever existing links and as such no formal equestrian provision is included. However, the proposed link route options provide improvements that seek to encourage traffic to reroute away from unsuitable local roads, such as Scotland Lane and Bayton Lane, which would benefit non-motorised road users such as equestrians. Where the link route options do cross Public Rights of Way appropriate crossing provision will be provided. Further consideration for all users of a new route will be considered when a preferred option is identified.

  • Why are we investing all this money to relieve congestion - when there isn't any!!! As a local resident I have never seen or been involved in any traffic problems for the airport. The congestion is on the A65 towards Horsforth and the ring road and Horsforth roundabout - the congestion here is truly awful. I don't know why the council don't put money into dealing with the real congestion!

    don asked 5 months ago

    The link route forms part of a wider strategic plan for the north-west area of Leeds.
    In addition to this, Leeds City Council is progressing work to investigate options for improvements which could be delivered to enhance the strategic orbital route of the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson’s Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65). 

  • I attended the drop-is session at Cookridge village hall this afternoon, and have some real concerns regarding some of the comments being made by a representative of the planning team. Having studied the plans in detail, I was interested in why the planned inclusion of cycleways and footpaths alongside the link roads hadn’t been designated as bridleways. There are over 20 equestrian properties within the area covered by the plans, and the proposals have the potential to increase the risk to equestrians in the area because of the increased flow of traffic - designating these as bridleways would protect all vulnerable road users, not just cyclists and pedestrians. The response to my question was essentially that cycling groups do not want to share these rights of way with horses which to be honest, left me flabbergasted. If you bypass the question of how many people would actually cycle to the airport ( not many, I would guess), I find a member of the planning team blatantly saying that what a cyclist group ‘want’ should trump the safety of other road users outrageous, and the presence of this type of bias within the decision-making group is hugely concerning. All I request is that the needs of all vulnerable road-users are taken into account with the proposals, and that means ensuring access to existing bridleways is maintained, provisions for horse riders is included with the cycleways, and Pegasus crossings are installed where crossing major roads is necessary to access bridleways.

    AmyLouShack asked 5 months ago

    Consideration of types of formal provision for various road users has been given taking account of likely use of the route.
    None of the proposed link route options cross a bridleway or sever existing links and as such no formal equestrian provision is included. However, the proposed link route options provide improvements that seek to encourage traffic to reroute away from unsuitable local roads, such as Scotland Lane and Bayton Lane, which would benefit non-motorised road users such as equestrians. Where the link route options do cross Public Rights of Way appropriate crossing provision will be provided. Further consideration for all users of a new route will be considered when a preferred option is identified.

  • There appears to be provision for pedestrians and cyclists but are there any plans to take into consideration the large equestrian community in the area, which includes a significant number of riders already using the area to move around, including the road ways? It would be good if you could consider health and safety for all by adding bridleways and safe ways of crossing the terrain to the current network and dedicated horse crossings where horses must cross a major road along with Horse traffic signs and speed restrictions.

    Danielle Miles asked 5 months ago

    Consideration of types of formal provision for various road users has been given taking account of likely use of the route.
    None of the proposed link route options cross a bridleway or sever existing links and as such no formal equestrian provision is included. However, the proposed link route options provide improvements that seek to encourage traffic to reroute away from unsuitable local roads, such as Scotland Lane and Bayton Lane, which would benefit non-motorised road users such as equestrians. Where the link route options do cross Public Rights of Way appropriate crossing provision will be provided. Further consideration for all users of a new route will be considered when a preferred option is identified.

  • My question is how does the airport plan to manage these extra people as it only has one runway and can often suffer when we have high winds and bad weather. Though I believe the updates to access the airport are needed I am not sure whether it will be worth it in the long run as the airport will be unable to expand to meet the ever increasing demand of new passengers. Manchester airport you refer to has multiple terminals and great access but is this airport meeting its demands.

    BenjaminS asked 5 months ago

    The internal operation of the airport is managed by LBA. LBA's masterplan and Surface Access Strategy sets out the airport’s likely growth and development to 2030. A terminal extension is planned to improve the customer experience at LBA. Further details are available here: https://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/about-leeds-bradford-airport/development 

  • I've read the supporting documents and couldn't find any figures on the proportion of traffic that is to/from the airport vs other traffic using the same routes, (apologies if I've missed this). Is this available?

    Noel Akers asked 5 months ago

    Further detailed transport modelling work is being finalised to establish the scale of change resulting from the different options being considered. Further details will follow when available as part of the next Phase of consultation (Phase 1b).

  • Will the plans for increased bus links to the airport be made based on electric ( less pollution, less greenhouse gas) vehicles. Harrogate experience shows these buses can be effective now. Technology is steadily improving and these plans for electric vehicles would make the expansion plans easier to accept and mitigate at leat partially the environmental impact of such growth.

    David Leslie asked 5 months ago

    LBA is currently served by bus services operated by commercial bus operators. It is anticipated that potential for bus improvements will be discussions with commercial bus operators once a preferred option is identified / as the scheme progresses. LBA's Surface Access Strategy makes reference to encouraging public transport vehicles to be low emission vehicles and providing
    electric vehicle charging points to aid environmental sustainability as part of its planned growth.

  • Has there been any consideration With regards to the increase in vehicles, impacting Horsforth, particularly station road, brownberrie lane, old ball roundabout, long row, Scotland lane? There is a primary and secondary school in close proximity to where the extra traffic will move through and I would question whether the road system in this area is geared up for an increase, which will inevitably happen due to the park and ride and employment increase!

    Yvonne asked 5 months ago

    Further detailed transport modelling work is being finalised to establish the scale of change resulting from the different options being considered. Further details will follow when available as part of the next Phase of consultation (Phase 1b).

  • Hi, the options all seem to be about serving the airport. Rawdon is a community and it seems like there is no real consideration of how improvements could actually deliver benefits to us. Has anyone considered what would happen to local traffic if there was no right turn from A65 to Harrogate road? instead sending it all up to Green lane? a sort of one way effect? would that speed things up? would this reduce traffic by Benton park, the littlemore etc? possibly free up some space for some parking by the shops at Rawdon lights now that numbers at the park are reducing? just a thought

    a local asked 5 months ago

    Options A and B seek to provide benefits to Rawdon by removing through-traffic from the A658 in Rawdon (trips to the airport and the wider area). Option C seeks to accommodate the future forecast increase in traffic flows along existing routes (general traffic and airport trips). 
    It is considered that preventing direct traffic access to Rawdon from A65 would not be appropriate as it would reduce overall accessibility to the village and likely increase traffic  demands on Green Lane. 

  • Option C - Are you aware that you will be making Ackworth Crescent and Rufford Avenue extremely busy roads, even a ‘rat run’ by closing access to Windmill Lane from Green Lane? There is a huge number of residential properties and a business off Windmill Lane. Both Ackworth Crescent and Rufford Avenue which leads to a primary school are not suitable. You could say an accident waiting to happen. Putting traffic lights at the Green Lane junction is surely pushing/queuing traffic further up Harrogate Road towards Benton Park School which is in consultation to increase student admission numbers. Has this even been considerd?

    Cro30 asked 5 months ago

    Initial junction modelling work has been carried out to test the operation of the junction and the proposed junction layout.  It is considered that the proposals provide the optimal layout to  accommodate forecast traffic growth and represent a significant improvement of the forecast junction operation if no improvements are implemented. 
    Further detailed transport modelling work is being finalised to establish the scale of change and potential adverse impacts resulting from the different options being considered. Further details will follow when available as part of the next Phase of consultation (Phase 1b).

  • The plan is not to scale, how can anyone have a clear understanding of the proposed changes on what you have shown. I'm sorry to say Leeds Planning appears to do more harm than good. e.g un-used bicycle lanes. The proposed roundabout changes at Weetwood, this will cause more problems that it is expected to solve.

    Sue Hepworth asked 5 months ago

    The plans included in the consultation are for illustrative purposes. The link route section plans (available here: https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/linkroute/documents) are 1:500 scale at A0. If you have specific queries please feel free to email connectinglba@leeds.gov.uk. 

  • Anything that puts more traffic on the roads around Horsforth/Rawdon will have a major impact on the residents and ecology of the area. Instead of always looking at how to get more cars to a place why not do the opposite and look at keeping them away by having much better links by public transport. The rail link is good but so much more could be done with walkways/electric transit vehicles/check in and luggage drop off away from the terminal etc.

    John D asked 5 months ago

    Civil Aviation Authority data shows that the predominant mode of transport to any UK airport is via car. The new rail station will not cater for the additional forecast growth at LBA and it is therefore proposed as part of the integrated approach to provide both road and rail access improvements.
    Further technical work is ongoing and details will be provided when available.

  • If you increase the capacity of the roads does this not just mean there are more cars to then park at the airport? There doesn't appear to be any plan to accommodate the extra vehicles on the plan. Where will additional parking be provided?

    Markb asked 5 months ago

    The number of passenger numbers at LBA is forecast to grow and LBA has a masterplan and a Surface Access Strategy setting out how it plans to grow and improve access to the airport. As part of the surface access strategy, in line with the forecast growth of LBA the need for additional car parking provision is being considered. 

  • 70% of passenger journeys to the airport are made from the Leeds City region. How do passengers from North, South, West Leeds and from Bradford make use of LBA parkway? There is a lack of suburban rail stations and where they do exist everything has to connect through Leeds City Station so a direct journey by road will still be quicker.

    S1 asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. LBA Parkway will provide better connectivity to Leeds Bradford Airport from Leeds, Harrogate, York and beyond. We are currently working on the demand forecast for LBA Parkway to establish how the station will be used by residents across Leeds and the wider region. Once complete this will inform the business case for the station.

  • Re: Answers to other questions: "LBA parkway station is being designed to accomodate 6-car trains." Which other stations along this line can support 6-car trains and therefore allow them to be used? "Demand forecast work is underway to establish the expected levels of demand for LBA parkway from air passengers. Once complete this will inform the business case for the project." How much money will have been wasted on plans and designs for LBA parkway so far if it turns out there is no demand from air travellers? Should this not have been one of the very first things that was done?

    S1 asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your questions. Proposals for LBA Parkway have been developed in partnership with train operators, Network Rail, and Rail North. The platform length has been designed with partner input to meet their potential requirements for train services operating on this line. With respect to your second question, early feasibility studies have been undertaken which indicated a parkway station could be a viable, deliverable solution that would serve both Leeds Bradford Airport and the commuter market. As proposals are progressed the demand forecast work must be revised for input in to the Parkway station outline business case. 

  • I'll repeat my unanswered questions from 21st February: What percentage of airport users are expected to use the rail link for arrival & departure? What will be the frequency of trains between Leeds and the new Parkway station?

    JohnBondi asked 4 months ago

    Demand forecast work is underway to establish the expected levels of demand for LBA parkway from air passengers. Once complete this will inform the business case for the project.

    Development of a suitable train services timetable on this route will be a continuous process throughout the development of this project. Our current intention is to achieve a minimum of a two trains per hour service pattern at this location. We will continue to work with the relevant train operators and Transport for the North to deliver the most appropriate timetable that meets the needs of passengers based on the network capacity and the availability and suitability of the rolling stock. 

  • Why are the only options road. Why is the rail network not being extended to the airport?

    Judy Coutts asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. The current proposals for improving connectivity to Leeds Bradford Airport include plans for a new rail station on the Harrogate line, south of the Bramhope tunnel.

    Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. The Combined Authority commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.
    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • Why not have a direct rail link to Leeds or trams? Current bus service awful due to traffic congestion.

    DP asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. The Combined Authority commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.
    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • It will not work if rail link is not at the airport, one thing more Landing fees are too high when we look to book a holiday its much more at the LBA than Manchester airport the price is lower for the holiday

    zulu224 asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as  part of the consultation analysis. 

  • Why hasn’t a direct trainline into the airport been drawn into the plans as an option for Harrogate?

    LB asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. The Combined Authority commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.
    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • Why can't you run the train direct into airport, nobody will use the train as this will take longer than travelling by car. (if the reason is because the trains we have cannot climb gradiants can I please tell you that my daughter lives in Switzerland and their trains do climb gradiants, So this is a poor excuse) I use this airport once or twice a year and never have any problems travelling by road, getting to the airport or travelling home.

    . asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. The Combined Authority commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.
    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • What quality will the parkway station be? Quality of bus? I envisage people will not want to wait for a bus from the station to airport so bus would need to be ready to collect passengers. Manchester airport station is connected to covered walkways with travelators. These are great when British bad weather occurs. Will the new station cater for all weathers? Keep passengers comfy?

    S livingstone asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your questions. The detail of the bus service is still to be agreed, however it is anticipated this would be timed to suit trains serving LBA Parkway.

    Current plans for LBA Parkway include a station building with a waiting area and retail facilities, as well as a covered footbridge and stairs to provide sheltered access to platforms.

  • I think building a Parkway station would be a waste of money. It has to go to the terminal buildings or close, as at Manchester or Newcastle for example. It will be a white elephant otherwise.

    bruce S asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. 

  • Are you thinking about a bus that is direct to the railway station and does not stop at every bus stop along the way?

    Tin asked 4 months ago

    The detail regarding the operation of the shuttle bus is still to be agreed, however it is anticipated that this will be a direct service with a journey time of between 5-10 mins. It is not expected that the shuttle bus will call at bus stops on the main highway.

  • You said building a train station that directly connects to LBIA is too expensive which is why the final mile will need to be by bus. Can you share how much extra it will cost to build a station at the airport without the need for using a bus for the final leg? I would like to see the figures before the proposal is shutdown.

    Harry asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. A heavy rail link at LBA was ruled out based on gradient issues, viability, and potential costs.  Whilst a dedicated tram-train link to LBA is technically viable, affordability and Value for Money will remain to be very challenging in the long term.  LBA parkway station is an appropriate solution to implement in the short to the medium term given the affordability issues and viability in technical, economic and financial terms.

  • Save the money and instead offer free, regular shuttle bus services from; Guiseley Train Station, Horsforth Train Station, Apperley Bridge Train Station and Otley Bus Station to the airport.

    Rich asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered through the consultation analysis.

  • Can you please consider a stop to the car park in Cookridge? before anyone says I’m a NIMBY I’m against all developers including Heathrow’s Expansion. Firstly, the car park will bring traffic to the roads in Cookridge which cannot cope will traffic for an additional 350 cars a day. Secondly, people will just use the car park to get on a train to Leeds as it will be much bigger than the one at horsforth. I reccomend just building the railway station for people coming to Leeds Bradford Airport from Harrogate, York and other places on the train. Your now probably asking, won’t people just park on the streets of Cookridge for the train sation so they can commute into Leeds. A simple answer is that people won’t bother walking from the streets of Cookridge to the station as it will be as far to walk to the LBA station to Horsforth Station which is closer to Leeds - people will just go there instead.

    Samuel Lewis asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for question. There are no proposals to build a car park in Cookridge as part of the LBA Parkway project. A park and ride car park will be built to the west of the rail line, with vehicular access from Scotland Lane. There will be no vehicular access to LBA Parkway from Cookridge, however pedestrian links from Cookridge will be provided.

  • Please provide the economical analysis between a railway station within walking distance to the terminal and the current plans. It is in the public interest to know the differences to allow an informed decision. There is a strong feeling in the community that the Airport Management is actively preventing any sensible public transport solution because it reduces their income from parking and drop-offs, which is the biggest profit-maker for them.

    Resident 2 asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Work on the outline business case for LBA parkway is underway at present. Information relating to the economic performance of LBA parkway will be considered in the business case, this is still to be completed.

    Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. The Combined Authority commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.

    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • I’m not convinced by the new train station that is only a few hundred meters away from Horsforth Station. Why not improve Horsforth station for a fraction of the cost? And why isn’t there already a dedicated shuttle service to the airport leaving from Horsforth station? The transfer time from Horsforth station will only be a few minutes longer than from the new station.

    Resident number 1 asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The option of serving Horsforth rail station with an airport shuttle bus services was previously considered. The overall journey time of this option is less attractive than a LBA parkway option. Also, due to the constraints of the local highway network near Horsforth station, it would be a challenge to provide a reliable shuttle bus services between Horsforth station and LBA. Whilst it may be feasible to operate a bus link between Horsforth station and Leeds Bradford Airport, doing so would not meet all the objectives of the LBA Parkway Station. 

  • I don't really understand the need for a link road to the airport. Is congestion at the airport an issue at present? The rail station link would be of huge benefit to the city, but having to switch from train to bus for the last part of the journey defeats the whole object. If we are "connecting Leeds Bradford Airport" it should be done properly with one mode of transport direct from the train station to the airport. Could funding from the proposed link road be used to create a direct link from the train station to the airport instead?

    Adam J asked 5 months ago

    At this stage, it is unlikely that a direct rail link will be affordable and offer value for money. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. The Combined Authority commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.
    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • Why doesn't one of your options include a rail link direct to the terminal building?

    Peter Haines asked 5 months ago

    At this stage, it is unlikely that a direct rail link will be affordable and offer value for money. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. The Combined Authority commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.
    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

  • Why is everything in Leeds done to benefit a few......pointless having a new station that’s not in the airport. Transport should be seemless.

    M Spencer asked 5 months ago

    At this stage, it is unlikely that a direct rail link will be affordable and offer value for money. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. The Combined Authority commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.

  • Why can't a railway line off of the Leeds/Bradford-Guiseley Line be an option? This could then provide a hard rail link from both Leeds and Bradford to the airport and not just Leeds and if this line was extended to link into the Harrogate Line it would also open-up through journey opportunities from Skipton to LBA and Harrogate.

    shaunma asked 5 months ago

    At present WYCA has no plans to opening new rail lines and we are developing a new station to serve Leeds Bradford Airport which is more affordable. Development funding is already secured for the development of the Parkway Station up to the completion of the Outline Business Case.

    However, we will in due course be developing a new rail policy and reviewing network gaps, including reopening lines, new stations, services and infrastructure will be part of WYCA’s considerations.

  • Good morning The current parkway station is planned along the Leeds - York train line Via Harrogate. Are Northern Rail working closely with LCC to support these plans as the current fleet on this line would be hugely unsuitable for an increase in passengers numbers. Thanks Danielle

    Danielle Sunley asked 5 months ago

    The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is aware that availability of train capacity and seating is a key challenge in this area in particular during peak hours. We are working with the operators on the route through Rail North to influence their timetable and deployment of rolling stock so that trains are deployed in the way that benefits passengers. In the medium and longer terms, WYCA will work closely with the Department for Transport and Transport for the North to support a case for further investment on rolling stock and train capacity.

    LBA parkway station has is being designed to accomodate 6-car trains. 

  • What percentage of airport users are expected to use the rail link for arrival & departure? What will be the frequency of trains between Leeds and the new Parkway station?

    JohnBondi asked 5 months ago

    Demand forecast work is underway to establish the expected levels of demand for LBA parkway from air passengers. Once complete this will inform the business case for the project.

    Development of a suitable train services timetable on this route will be a continuous process throughout the development of this project. Our current intention is to achieve a minimum of a two trains per hour service pattern at this location. We will continue to work with the relevant train operators and Transport for the North to deliver the most appropriate timetable that meets the needs of passengers based on the network capacity and the availability and suitability of the rolling stock. 

  • Is there any plan to restrict the car park at the new station to airport users (rather than daily commuters to Leeds city centre)

    cct asked 5 months ago

    The station car park will be for rail passengers only. Suitable management arrangements will be put in to place to ensure parking is restricted to airport passengers travelling to LBA by car. 

  • Defo option A as it is just the best and also connects to the line

    Matt asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as  part of the consultation analysis. 

  • Has serious consideration been given to abandoning the existing Leeds Bradford Airport site for commercial flights and using upgraded facilities at Church Fenton?

    Jon of Oulton asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be taken into account during the analysis of consultation feedback. Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is already integrated into the existing transport network, not only locally but also nationally. Leeds City Council (LCC), the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership support LBA in its current location and to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion. It is not deemed practical to relocate the airport, or for the council to develop an additional one at an alternative site.

  • I’m aware you want to demolish several farm buildings for the road link to the train station. Can you please build around them if this plan goes ahead, it will benefit you as well as you will save hundreds of thousands of pounds by not buying and demolishing the century old farm buildings, you’ll have to spend more on tarmac but it won’t be as much as demolishing those buildings (only a fraction of the cost)

    Samuel Lewis asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered through the consultation analysis. 

  • Why not rebuild the airport nearer the transport links? The ideal place for Yorkshire's airport is surely somewhere off the M62 between the M1 and A1 and right next door to the new high speed North/South rail line.

    AmbitionYorkshire asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be taken into account during the analysis of consultation
    feedback. Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is already integrated into the existing transport network, not only locally but also nationally. Leeds City Council (LCC), the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership support LBA in its current location and to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion. It is not deemed practical to relocate the airport, or for the council to develop an additional one at an alternative site.

  • What is proposed to preserve the extensive wildlife that will be negatively effected by the road building. Several families of deer, nesting birds of prey and other rarer song birds all live in the green belt land that will Be destroyed by the proposed roads. Not to mention the mature trees and shrubs.

    Annette asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered through the consultation analysis.
    Ecological surveys have been indertaken to inform the development of these proposals and to inform the subsequent design stages. 
    A Green Bridge is being considered as part of the design for LBA Link Route Option A to provide for mixed use habitat and people crossing point (maintaining connectivity of Public Rights of Way). All three options include new roads or road widening that will impact on existing trees / woodland. Replacement of trees / woodland and supplementary provisions are being considered as part of the design strategy. Further details will be included in subsequent design stages once a preferred option is identified.


  • Option B is probably the best but as others have said ,the main problem areas are going to be the Horsforth roundabout area and Rodley . I have no doubt that after spending boat loads of l.c.c money and time on Rodley roundabout junction a couple of years ago, it will have to be totally changed to make access up to Horsforth . Great forward planning ! The road up to Horsforth needs to be dual carriageway in both directions ,with a segregated lane for traffic going to and from the Airport , so that it does not have to intersect the roundabout at all.

    Steve c asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.
    Link Route proposals are being developed in the wider context of transportation across NW Leeds. LCC have commissioned an initial feasibility study into options for improvements to the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson’s Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65), including capacity improvements at the Horsforth roundabout. The study will take into account planned capacity/connectivity improvements including Dawson’s Corner, Fink Hill/A6120 and the Leeds Bradford Airport Link route and also works already planned on the A6120 elsewhere. The study is currently programmed for completion later in 2019.

  • I am very interested in the increased bus access to LBA, particularly from Bradford. I believe there are only Yorkshire Tiger buses such as 747 and 737 that go from Bradford to LBA, which are also very slow on this route and contain many stops. It is quite frustrating that I pay for a yearly First Bus pass but cannot get a bus to the Airport included (Yorkshire Tiger is not part of First and I would have to pay extra to use those). Are there any specific plans for a fast, reliable and direct First Bus service from Bradford to Leeds-Bradford Airport? I think the X6 is a great bus to Leeds centre and a similar fast service to the airport would be very useful and popular, having operating hours that are as late and early as possible would also be highly favourable obviously as flight times can be highly irregular. Is this being considered?

    Fred asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. Your comments will be considered in the consultation analysis. LBA is currently served by bus services operated by commercial bus operators. It is possible that any Link Route (Option A or B) could accommodate rerouted or new bus services but this would need discussions with commercial bus operators once a preferred option is identified / as the scheme progresses. 

  • The real problem is not north of the ring road. Another roundabout on the A65 near the crematorium will just make things worse. It will create a further bottleneck and choke the whole area. Queues are at the ring road. Forget about Options A, B and C and instead address the problem that cars and buses have - the ring road at Horsforth roundabout. People who live in the area understand the problem and that the Options will solve nothing. Why do the authorities keep resurrecting these schemes which we tell you will solve nothing but will cost a fortune and destroy acres of green fields?

    Clovis asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be considered through the consultation analysis.
    Link route proposals are being considered in the wider context of transport issues across NW Leeds. Leeds City Council is progressing work to investigate the strategic case, implications and opportunities arising from dualling the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road and capacity enhancements at Horsforth Roundabout.

  • My comments won't be 'captured' (what a silly expression!) but I agree with what Anne Simms said. Money isn't everything, we don't NEED to fly, come to that there is already far too much traffic on the roads. Cars and aircraft = pollution, the environment is far more important than convenience. Oh - and why have that damned piano on the film? It's irrelevant, distracting and intrusive as well as being unpleasant.

    Mary Fisher asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered through the consultation analysis.
    Noise and air quality impacts, associated with the creation of a proposed LBA Link Route and LBA Parkway Station, are being assessed as part of the development of the Outline Business Case (OBC) for the schemes. Further details will be provided when available.
    Monitoring of air quality is a requirement of the airport’s planning conditions and this is reviewed regularly by Leeds City Council.

  • Why are there no details surrounding the roundabout that connects the A1620 and the A65? This is what kills all capacity, and any work done on any new routes on the A65 will be bottlenecked by the traffic snake effect that happens when the long line of cars queue down the A65 during peak times. Traffic heading towards Bradford from the A65 also bottlenecks, as the A1620 fills to capacity leaving cars waiting on the A65 queue to go, blocking vehicles behind wanting to go straight, like the 34 and the 757 bus. Why are you not taking the above into account and propose a solution to this problem? Why are we also forcing the bus routes down the very Bush A65 when they can be redirected through to Bayton lane via West End Lane?

    Marty asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. These will be considered through the consultation analysis.
    LCC have commissioned an initial feasibility study into options for improvements to the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson’s Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65), including capacity improvements at the Horsforth roundabout. The study will take into account planned capacity/connectivity improvements including Dawson’s Corner, Fink Hill/A6120 and the Leeds Bradford Airport Link route and also works already planned on the A6120 elsewhere. The study is currently programmed for completion later in 2019.
    Bus services to the airport (and in the vicinity) are operated by commercial bus operators. Any future amendments to existing routes or new services, including utilisation of any future Link Route Option (A or B), would require discussions with commercial bus operators once a preferred option is identified / as the scheme progresses.

  • Surely long-term the best solution is for a railway from Leeds straight to the Airport. Do we really want to ruin the surrounding countryside with another dual carriageway with the cost of pollution and construction surely making it less economically viable than a train service?

    stephen asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be considered through the consultation analysis.  We will get back to you with any more information if possible in the near future.

  • The road system for the area between LBA and Leeds, A65 in particular but also including the ridiculous single-lane ring road is hopelessly inadequate for the ever increasing numbers of vehicles that use it. If a rail option is too expensive then perhaps LBA should reconsider its expansion plans.

    Puffwheez asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be considered through the consultation analysis.
    Initial traffic modelling work was undertaken to identify the highway standard required for a proposed Link Route option. This testing considered the need for accommodating changes in demand as well as environmental and financial impacts of constructing a wider route option. The results of the tests identified that a single carriageway would be the most appropriate standard for the link route given the forecast demand resulting from growth at LBA and the wider NW Leeds area and the need to minimise impacts resulting from development of a new road.
    Link route proposals are being considered in the wider context of transport issues across NW Leeds. LCC have commissioned an initial feasibility study into options for improvements to the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson’s Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65). The study will take into account planned capacity/connectivity improvements including Dawson’s Corner, Fink Hill/A6120 and the Leeds Bradford Airport Link route and also works already planned on the A6120 elsewhere. The study is currently programmed for completion later in 2019.

  • Will the proposed new road from leaving the A 65 until reaching the airport be just that no side roads or developments and be double yellow lined alongits entirety

    Mick asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. There is currently no intention to provide junctions along the Link Route Options A and B other than those connecting to existing highways i.e. A65, A658, Whitehouse Lane and potential for access to the Parkway Station as appropriate. The Link Road scheme is not proposed to support new developments.
    LCC’s (draft) Site Allocations Plan, expected to be adopted in Summer 2019, sets out the locations for development across Leeds. A proposed employment site is located to the north of Whitehouse Lane. There are no other proposed employment and housing sites in the Aireborough and North Leeds area that result from the provision of a link road.
    Details around parking restrictions will be clarified through the subsequent design processes. 

  • As a Horsforth resident that uses these roads regularly, I’m not convinced at all that the traffic problems we have here are even anything to do with the airport. Most of the traffic is going past the airport between Leeds/Harrogate/Bradford. Is there any proposal you have that doesn’t involve carving up all the local green belt land?

    Robf asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be considered through the consultation process.
    There are a number of longstanding transport problems in North West Leeds currently, including congestion, which is one of the main constraints to affect accessibility to the airport. This is due to the road network within the vicinity of the airport operating at high capacity during peak times, resulting in longer and increasingly unreliable journey times. A lack of intervention will likely result in increased amounts of congestion and delay on the network, exacerbated by future passenger growth at the airport and the proposed development sites set out in LCC’s emerging Sites Allocation Plan. The proposals have been developed to provide more capacity on the road network to accommodate the current and forecast future congestion and create improved resilience and journey times.
    Whilst bringing benefits to existing routes, it is recognised that Link Route Options A and B will introduce some adverse impacts. Areas have been identified and indicative mitigation measures outlined including steeply sloped verges, allowing the road to sit below eye level, and tree/hedge planting to lessen visual and noise impacts.
    Please note, Option C proposals are to upgrade the existing A65 and A658 around Rawdon and Yeadon to the airport (no new link road). This would see junctions upgraded and, where needed, some localised road widening to deliver the junction improvements 

  • May I propose Option D whilst at the consultation stage: to build a new airport nearer to Leeds and easily accessed from the motorways. There are two main reasons for this: 1. LBIA is a privately owned Australian business. It seems unreasonable to use tax payers money to bolster their business. 2. Even with a link road, the traffic will still be shocking at Horsforth and Rodley and Owlcoates roundabouts. I believe that LBIA is 14 miles from the nearest motorway. Surely the money could be better spent to create a new airport that is more easily accessed from the city centre and the M!/M62?

    Chownz asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. Your comments will be fed into the consultation analysis. Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is already integrated into the existing transport network, not only locally but also nationally. Leeds City Council (LCC), the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership support LBA in its current location and to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion. It is not deemed practical to relocate the airport, or for the council to develop an additional one at an alternative site.
    Funding, if approved, would be provided by the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund (WYPTF). A contribution will be sought from LBA (although this has not yet been agreed). It is important to note that LBA brings significant benefit to the regional economy which justifies the use of WYPTF monies for scheme(s) that improve surface access to the airport.
    Link route proposals are being considered in the wider context of transport issues across NW Leeds. LCC have commissioned an initial feasibility study into options for improvements to the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson’s Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65). The study will take into account planned capacity/connectivity improvements including Dawson’s Corner, Fink Hill/A6120 and the Leeds Bradford Airport Link route and also works already planned on the A6120 elsewhere. The study is currently programmed for completion later in 2019.

  • What proportion of the cars using the currently congested roads are airport traffic? This is an important question, since -- for example -- if the current 4 million passengers only contribute to 2% of the road traffic, then doubling the number of passengers (by 2040) will not make a huge difference to congestion on the existing roads. That is, the expansion of the airport becomes almost irrelevant to the need for a new road link.

    cct asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your recent comments. These will be considered through the consultation analysis. 
    There are a number of longstanding transport problems in North West Leeds currently, including congestion, which is one of the main constraints to affect accessibility to the airport. This is due to the road network within the vicinity of the airport operating at high capacity during peak times, resulting in longer and increasingly unreliable journey times. A lack of intervention will likely result in increased amounts of congestion and delay on the network, exacerbated by future passenger growth at the airport and the proposed development sites set out in LCC’s emerging Sites Allocation Plan. A new access road to LBA will provide more capacity on the road network to accommodate the current and forecast future congestion and create improved resilience and journey times.
    Further detailed transport modelling work is being finalised to establish the scale of change resulting from the different options being considered. Further details will follow when available.

  • Will any proposed increases in road traffic to the airport be carbon neutral and similarly will the increase in flights from LBA result in NO overall increase in CO2 emissions? Or is the council disinterested in climate change?

    Dountingthomas asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. Your comments will be fed into the consultation analysis. Noise and air
    quality impacts, associated with the creation of a proposed LBA Link Route and LBA Parkway Station, are being assessed as part of the development of the Outline Business Case (OBC) for the schemes. Further details will be provided when available.

  • What improved access for bus users is planned from neighboring towns?

    Nicholas NEwman asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. LBA is currently served by bus services mainly connecting to Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate. These services are operated by commercial bus operators. It is possible that any Link Route (Option A or B) could accommodate rerouted or new bus services but this would need discussions with commercial bus operators once a preferred option is identified / as the scheme progresses.

  • No further expansion is needed it’s location means it should stay a small airport.....only serves a limited few I live in South Leeds and it’s quicker to go to Manchester

    M Spencer asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.

  • Why isn’t the airport covering the full cost of this? Tax payers shouldn’t be funding this

    M Spencer asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be considered as part of the consulation analysis. Funding, if approved, would be provided by the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund (WYPTF). A contribution will be sought from LBA (although this has not yet been agreed). It is important to note that LBA brings significant benefit to the regional economy which justifies the use of WYPTF monies for scheme(s) that improve surface access to the airport.

  • Why don't we recognise that the airport is in entirely the wrong place from a communications perspective as well as a climactic one, where the unusual conditions cause too frequent disruption to take-off's and landings. Would it now make more sense to move the airport to a better location elsewhere within West Yorks where there are already good rail and road connections and where people can eliminate the journey times and congestion currently incurred. Think big.

    RPT asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is already integrated into the existing transport network, not only locally but also
    nationally. Leeds City Council (LCC), the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership support LBA in its current location and to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion. It is not deemed practical to relocate the airport, or for the council to develop an additional one at an alternative site.

  • Option 1 would destroy far too much farmland and woodland at Whetstone Plantation. Option 1 or 2 much preferred.

    Colzoss asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be considered as part of the consultation consultation analysis. 

  • What about option D - not doing anything and finally realising that it is not in the right area for expansion? Why aren’t we given this option?

    Hhggg asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be considered as part of the analysis

  • Why are we continuing trying to improve Leeds Bradford Airport? It’s not in an appropriate location for expansion and the road extensions options will only further destroy green belt land and make a minor contribution to improve airport access. Why don’t we find a better location for the airport and protect green areas (the planet is being destroyed as it is)?

    Hhggg asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is already integrated into the existing transport network, not only locally but also nationally. Leeds City Council (LCC), the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership support LBA in its current location and to manage the impacts of its operation and potential future expansion. It is not deemed practical to relocate the airport, or for the council to develop an additional one at an alternative site.

  • ..simple..when are you going to learn that the only sustainable answer is a rail connection right up to the airport..like Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and all the rest..get cars and buses off the roads, no need for a new road..and please do not use gradients as an excuse as modern technology exists to overcome these issues..

    rossmagpie asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. At this stage, it is unlikely that a direct rail link will be affordable and offer value for money. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. WYCA commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.
    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost.
    Evidence suggests that the predominant mode of transport to any UK airport is via car (private car journey or taxi). Airports with rail connections (either direct or parkway) are known to be accessed by car over 80% of the time (car accounts for 80% of the mode share), highlighting that road access is critical for any airport. A new rail station will not cater for the additional forecast growth at LBA. It is therefore proposed as part of the integrated approach to provide both road and rail access improvements.

  • The main cause of the bottleneck at Horsforth roundabout is mainly due to the council not spending money on improving the Ringroad to a Dual carriageway through Horsforth up to Owlcoates roundabout. If this was done then the traffic light timing could be altered allowing more cars through eliminating a lot of the tail backs . Also the tailbacks on thie A65 have nothing to do with the airport. During the school holidays there are no real holdups at the roundabout, and when the exams are on it is quiet on the road. I have lived on the A65 for 19 years and have observred the traffic daily. As for a bypass to the Airport, There is very little traffic that actually goes up to Rawdon lights that goes to the airport , which is confirmed by a survey by some of our local residents did. So the question is , Should you spend monies on the Ringroad where you know you can improve the quality of peoples lives or do you gamble money on a possible WHITE ELEPHANT, Where once the road is in , over the green fields, it will open the door to the parasite housing developers , because you have altered the status of the area. Causing undue stress to thousands of people.

    asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. Your comments will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.

    Leeds City Council is progressing work to investigate the strategic case, implications and opportunities arising from dualling the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) between Dawson's Corner (A647) and Horsforth Roundabout (A65), and capacity enhancements at Horsforth Roundabout.

    The Link Road scheme is not proposed to support new developments. There is currently no intention to provide junctions along the Link Route Options A and B other than those connecting to existing highways i.e. A65, A658, Whitehouse Lane and potential for access to the Parkway Station as appropriate. LCC’s (draft) Site Allocations Plan, expected to be adopted in Summer 2019, sets out the locations for development across Leeds. A proposed employment site is located to the north of Whitehouse Lane. There are no other proposed employment and housing sites in the Aireborough and North Leeds area that result from the provision of a link road.

  • Why have the council never revealed the results of the first consultation about these link road proposals? I assume because the responses were heavily against it. Why can't all the resources be put into a rail link which could go underground for the short distance to the airport from the Harrogate Line? Leeds is stuck in a 1960s and 70s time warp where we build more roads to relieve congestion and then more roads etc. It's been known for many years that we cannot road build our way out of congestion. On the proposals, how will the link road work without at least part of the road to be built in Option A which is the most damaging route? Option C is the only one I could support. More traffic on these roads will just lead to congestion further into Leeds from Horsforth onwards. It's not really a strategy for the future. We have to get people out of cars.

    John Ellis asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. Your comments will be considered as part of the consultation analysis.

    Please note that the Report of Initial Consultation is available here: https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/linkroute/documents.

    Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. WYCA commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost.

    Options for providing highway access to the rail station are being considered as part of this work. A new spur road will need to be built which would connect the rail station to Scotland Lane. If link route Option A emerges as the preferred link route option, then there is the potential to connect to it from the spur road at a later stage. If link route option A is not delivered one option would be to undertake significant works to widen Scotland Lane to the north of the station spur road to accommodate station traffic, both rail passenger and airport shuttle buses. An alternative option may be to construct a new section of highway from Scotland Lane to the LBA long stay car park.

  • I travelled from Horsforth to Otley 4 times a day using Whitehouse Lane and I have never seen any congestion on this road. The only congestion in this area is caused by rush-hour traffic on the A65 and has nothing to do with the airport. It certainly does not need any extra roads or access based on the current and future use. I have to ask where any figures on future traffic have come from and how many people travel to the airport for holidays or business on bicycles resulting in the need for a cycle lane.

    Peter M asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments - these will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. 
    Leeds Bradford Airport is forecast to grow significantly over the coming years. As you have noted, the road network within the vicinity of the airport operates at high capacity during peak times, resulting in longer and increasingly unreliable journey times. A lack of intervention will likely result in increased amounts of congestion and delay on the network, exacerbated by future passenger growth at the airport and the proposed development sites set out in LCC’s emerging Sites Allocation Plan. A new access road to LBA will provide more capacity on the road network to accommodate the current and forecast future congestion and create improved resilience and journey times.
    Both Options A and B include segregated walking and cycle facilities along the length of the link road proposals. This provides connectivity for leisure and commuter cyclists and continuity of Public Rights of Way that may be severed by a proposed link road. This also offers the potential to incorporate connections to the proposed Parkway Station and proposed employment site.

  • What will happen to the many footpaths in the neighbourhood (which will be crossed by the new link roads)? Will there be a proper corossing or bridge or tunnel or what?

    cct asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. Further details of the impact of the proposals on Public Rights of Way (PRoW) can be viewed on the 'section plans' for options A and B (available here https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/linkroute/documents). This details the potential development of connections, including bridges, to provide continuity of access for PRoWs   that may be severed by a proposed link road. Furthermore, both Options A and B include high quality segregated footway / cycleway along the length of the link road proposals. 

  • I asked some specific questions on 21st February. When can I expect a response?

    JohnBondi asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. We have received a high volume of enquiries and we intend to respond to all enquiries as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

  • Option A is the only option that will really work. It is a necessity if the proposals for a Park and Ride at the Parkway Station are to happen - and they certainly need to! NW Leeds has no park and ride and one is long overdue. Option A also provides a link to the proposed Employment Zone near the airport, which Option B and C do not. It will also take away much of the current traffic that passes through the runway tunnel, and therefore reduce congestion in Yeadon and Rawdon - which neither Option B or C will do. A dual carriageway on Option A would have been nice but considerably more expensive with more land to acquire and I doubt it would fit between some of the existing buildings/structures - whereas the single carriageway does. I agree with other comments that the road should have continued further to Rodley to reduce congestion at Horsforth Roundabout (A6120)

    Hev asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. Your comments will be considered as part of 
    the consultation analysis. 
    Initial traffic modelling work has been undertaken to identify the highway standard required for a proposed Link Route option. The results of the tests identified that a single carriageway would be the most appropriate standard for the link route given the forecast demand resulting from growth at LBA and the wider NW Leeds area and the need to minimise impacts resulting from development of a new road.
    Leeds City Council is progressing work to investigate the strategic case, implications and opportunities arising from dualling the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road and capacity enhancements at Horsforth Roundabout.

  • Option A is clearly the best option. It is difficult to see how Option B or C can connect with the proposed rail parkway.

    Aviador asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. Your comments will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. Currently, it is anticipated that the Parkway Station would be built before any link route. Options for providing highway access to the rail station are being considered as part of this work. A new spur road will need to be built which would connect the rail station to Scotland Lane. If link route Option A emerges as the preferred link route option, then there is the potential to connect to it from the spur road at a later stage.

  • Why does the link road not extend down and over the river to connect up with the outer ring road at Rodley Roundabout or further up at Pudsey? The current section of the ring road link from Pudsey to Rodley and over the river to Horsforth is an absolute bottleneck. Which I quite sure the traffic analysis will demonstrate will only get worse if this link allows more traffic flow. This will be to the detriment of the local community. By extending this proposal there will be a direct western link from the outer ring road to the Airport and North Western Leeds Suburbs and Harrogate beyond. This would dramatically improve the travel times for local residents and reduce them for people travelling trough our western section of the city to the Airport and associated commercial quarter. Many local commuters (myself included) often travel from North Leeds to the M62 to work in Manchester and beyond, has any analysis been done on the benefit / reduction in "Commuter Time" this will bring to the people of North Leeds?

    RobR asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your message. Your comments have been captured and will be considered as part of the consultation analysis. This consultation is to gauge feedback on the designs of the link route. We will be consulting again later in 2019 on these plans, which will include analysis of benefits and reduction in journey times/delays.

  • We are missing a trick. Did manchester drop a railway station due to costs or location? No. If a train link cant be nearer why cant a moving walkway be created? Surely the future plan is to reduce buses or cars? To go from train to bus to terminal seems crazy. Or perhaps a shuttle mini train like i used at gatwick?

    Paul R asked 5 months ago

    At this stage, it is unlikely that a direct rail link will be affordable and offer value for money. Building a station at the Airport Terminal building requires an additional heavy rail link from the existing railway line to the Airport. WYCA commissioned some outline options appraisal work in 2016. The report indicated that a heavy rail link cannot be achieved without extensive tunnelling and cuttings which would incur significant costs. There is potential for a light rail or tram-train link option to link the Airport terminal to the existing Harrogate line. However, the cost for a tram-train / light rail link would be significant and would necessitate bespoke vehicles for a tram–train system.

    Although the costs for delivering the proposed Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station are still being refined it is anticipated that a Parkway Station will be able to deliver significant benefits at a significantly lower total cost. 

    At this early stage of the project it is expected that a shuttle bus will transfer passengers between the parkway station and terminal building. We will continue to work closely with the airport to explore other opportunities and technologies to provide the connection. All feedback to this effect which is received as part of this consultation will be reviewed as part of the next design phase.

  • Whilst I'm not against the road extension to the Airport, my concern is the bottleneck are the Horsforth roundabout and the outer ring road in that vicinity which is stacked doing rush hour. Add to that the long queues coming down the A65 from Rawdon to Horsforth. Those section needs seriously upgrading other wise the new road will not reap the benefits. Do you agree and what is planned for those related sections?

    Harry asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your question. Outside of this scheme the council does have plans to improve traffic flows around Horsforth Roundabout including the consideration of two lanes along this section of the Outer Ring Road. Your comments on wider issues of congestion in this area will be considered as part of this consultation.

  • In this day of shortage of housing and farming land needed to cater for food, how much land and how many properties will be destroyed with these new proposals? Can the removal of houses and farming land really be justified to cater for the airport?

    Anne Simms asked 5 months ago

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  • Option B provides best solution whilst reducing impact on residents and environment but should be dual carriageway from A65 all the way to junction with Otley Old Road on A658

    Joe.bloggs asked 5 months ago

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  • Option B but should be dual carriageway full length

    Joe.bloggs asked 5 months ago

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