Further to my previous post I can now provide further details of the initial public consultation on the A65 – Airport – A658 Link Road. After pushing for additionl events these have now been organised, see below.
“This period of initial public consultation has now been extended for a further month to end 26 February 2016 and a series of additional drop-in sessions will be held in the new year.
The following additional drop-in sessions have now been confirmed:
- Wednesday 13 January, Yeadon Library & One Stop Centre, 3-6:30pm
- Thursday 14 January, Pool Village Hall, 1:30-4:30pm
- Friday 15 January, The Grove Methodist Church, Horsforth, 3-7pm
- Monday 18 January, Leonardo Building, 11am-2pm
- Wednesday 20 January, Bramhope Methodist Church, 2-5pm
Details of the three proposed options for initial consideration, a map and supporting information can be seen at www.leeds.gov.uk/AirportLinkRoad. Leaflets and copies of the questionnaire are available from local libraries and the Leeds Development Enquiry Centre in the Leonardo Building, Rossington Street.
Over 1,000 people have already taken part in the initial consultation by attending one of the first four drop-in sessions held in November or filling in the survey form at www.leeds.gov.uk/AirportLinkRoad.
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 upgrading existing junctions with localised widening.
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.