A public consultation has been launched with the aim of finding a way to reduce road congestion around Leeds Bradford Airport in West Yorkshire.One of the favoured options is the creation of a new link road that could cost as much as £75 million. The most expensive proposed route runs from the A65, running along the eastern edge of the airport before joining the A658 to the north.A similar layout would involve routing the road around the south-west of the airport, and would cost approximately £50 million. Both this and the previous suggestion would involve building on green belt land.The third option included in the consultation is an upgrade to the existing road infrastructure of the A65 and A658 around Rawdon and Yeadon. While this would involve work at a number of junctions and widening the road, it would only cost £15 million.The winning solution will be funded from a £1.4 billion pot that has been set aside by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority for infrastructure projects.Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, Coun Richard Lewis, said: “The response to us releasing the outline details of the three options in September sparked a great deal of debate so now we want as many people as possible to take part in this consultation and tell us what they think.”He added: “Leeds Bradford Airport is a key part of our current and future city and regional economy, so it is essential we make the access to and from it the best we can while also respecting and protecting the needs of the local communities, so the more people who take part in this consultation the more effective we can be in terms of making the right decisions.”The public consultation will remain open until January 24th 2016.
Leeds Bradford Airport link road proposed
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