Please find below information on the Initial Public Consultation in respect of the proposals for the Airport Link Road.
The initial public consultation will run from Monday 23rd November 2015 to Sunday 24th January 2016. Improving surface access to the airport has been identified as a key need to support its future growth as well as tackling existing congestion and traffic issues in the local road network. This phase of public consultation seeks views on three options for improving access to the airport.
Details of the three proposed options for initial consideration, a map and supporting information can be seen at www.leeds.gov.uk/AirportLinkRoad. An online questionnaire will be made available on this page from Monday 23rd November, when the public consultation period begins. Comments can also be emailed to AirportLinkRoad@leeds.gov.uk.
As part of the consultation, public drop-in sessions will take place as follows:
- Leeds Civic Hall, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 1UR, Tuesday 24th November 3-8pm
- Horsforth Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth, LS18 5BL, Wednesday 25th November 1-4.30pm
- Horsforth St. Margaret’s Parish Centre, Church Lane, LS18 5LA, Friday 27th November 3-8pm
- Rawdon Greenacre Hall, New Road Side, LS19 6AS, Saturday 28th November 12noon – 3pm
Other local events are currently being arranged, and further details will be publicised once these are finalised.
In addition, a stall will be at the airport from November 23rd to 29th and leaflets and copies of the questionnaire will also be available from local libraries and the Leeds Development Enquiry Centre in the Leonardo Building, Rossington Street. Paper copies of the questionnaire can be completed at the events or posted back to us.
Leeds Bradford Airport is one of the fastest growing in the UK, used by 3.3million passengers a year. It also contributes more than £100m annually to the city region economy and was earmarked as a key element of the long-term transport vision for Leeds put forward by the council last month, with the need to develop its strategic connectivity seen as critical to its future success as the regional airport and as an economic hub.
Improving road access has been prioritised in the short to medium-term as a way of aiding the growth of the airport and the local and regional economy. In addition to better road access, Leeds City Council, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds Bradford Airport are examining the possibility of a rail link in the longer term.
Of the three proposed options for improving access, two would see the creation of a new link road while an alternative consists of widening existing roads and upgrading junctions.
The scheme to improve access to the airport is to be funded through the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund with Leeds City Council leading on its planning and delivery.