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Leeds-Bradford Airport unveils expansion plans

Leeds-Bradford Airport unveils expansion plans

Leeds-Bradford Airport and its approaches are set to be updated and improved in order to enable the airport to increase its passenger numbers under new plans unveiled this week.

The Route to 2030 plan has outlined a series of construction and improvement projects that will aim to bring about this goal. Central to this is backing the city council's plans for an airport Parkway station on the Leeds to Harrogate line, plus a new link road that would run between the A658 and A65 with a spur to the airport. These roads are located to the west and south of the airport respectively, with the A658 actually passing through a tunnel under the runway.

At the airport itself, there are plans to expand aircraft stands, boarding gates and taxiways, as well as improving the terminal building. These improvements are designed to help the airport raise its annual passenger numbers from 3.6 million a year to seven million.

In addition to the transport links and facilities at the airport, the blueprint also seeks to turn the airport into an economic hub. At present it has a small industrial estate on its northern edge.

The masterplan has been announced after a year of consultation on a document published last year.

Chief executive at the airport John Parkin said: "Our vision is to be an outstanding airport, connecting Yorkshire with the world and this document is central to how we will deliver that."

The new Parkway station was mooted last year by Leeds City Council, one of three new stations it is planning in the city using leftover funds from failed attempts to establish a trolleybus system.

With a £174 million Department for Transport grant to spend by 2020-21, the council announced plans in December for the Parkway station as well as new stops by the White Rose Shopping Centre and at Thorpe Park. All three stations will be built along existing stretches of line.

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