Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew has called in Parliament for a rail link to Leeds Bradford Airport.
Speaking during Transport Questions, the Tory MP said the creation of a rail link between Leeds city centre and the airport would ease pressure on the roads around the airport and would be the foundation of an integrated transport system for Leeds.
He said the move would help towards achieving the northern economic powerhouse by connecting one of the largest airports in the north to the rail network and one of the best performing cities, boosting economic growth in the area.
Mr Andrew said in Parliament:
“I believe it is vital that better infrastructure around the airport is introduced to support the expected increased capacity. The current road system to and from the airport already struggles with the volume of traffic and any expansion will only add to this, meaning something needs to be done to minimise any further negative effects on local residents and on people who use the airport. It is ridiculous that Leeds airport is not connected by rail in the way that so many airports in the UK are.
“The City Council’s plans to use the £173.5 million allocated for the scrapped NGT scheme must be used as the basis for a truly integrated transport system to support the future of our city. The airport link would be a welcome foundation for that.”
Transport Minister, Paul Maynard, commended Mr Andrew for ensuring that Leeds retained the £173.5 million of government funding to spend on major transport infrastructure but emphasised that this was a matter for Leeds City Council to decide.
No mention was made as to what route the rail link from the airport in Yeadon would take to the city centre.
The exchange can be read in full here.