Airport rail link ruled out on cost grounds

A NEW link road and improved bus links between Bradford Interchange and Leeds Bradford airport are some of the preferred options laid out in a Government feasibility study into making the airport more accessible.

However, a tram/train link between the city centre and the airport has initially been ruled out of any upcoming plans to improve airport connectivity on the grounds of cost.

The Department for Transport has published a report looking at options for improving access to the airport.  One long-term consideration is for a rail link from Guiseley to Horsforth, via the airport – with absolutely zilch benefit for Bradford!

Mike Cartwright, Policy Executive, said:

“The news is disappointing but, perhaps, unsurprising.  Campaigners, including the Chamber, have long called for a rail link and other surface access improvements.  If we were unable to secure such a deal when the economy was booming, then perhaps it’s no surprise that this is the decision in the lean years.  A link would certainly enhance the airport’s prospects, though, encouraging more passenger use, which would attract more operators and heighten the region’s profile even higher; so it would make good economic sense over the long-term.”

Read more on the T&A website here.

Written on 16th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Leeds City Region, News