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Yeadon MP urges visiting Minister to reconsider transport links to airport

February 2, 2017 5:18 PM

Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland has urged Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister for Aviation, International Trade and Europe to look at rail link proposals ahead of a planned visit to Leeds Bradford International Airport tomorrow.

Mr Mulholland hopes to bring to Lord Ahmad's attention the flawed proposed Parkway station, which would see a railway station and large car park built near the entrance to the Bramhope Tunnel on the Leeds - Harrogate line, with shuttle buses ferrying passengers to the airport.

Mr Mulholland has long called for a proper rail link to the airport, demonstrating that the technology exists and that the cost would be less than that of the proposed Parkway station and road link, and more environmentally friendly besides.

August 2015, blankCommenting, Mr Mulholland said:
"I am glad that a transport Minister will be visiting Leeds Bradford International Airport. Lord Ahmad will be able to see for himself the nonsense of building a Parkway station, with minibuses shuttling passengers up narrow rural roads to the airport.

"I hope that Lord Ahmad will take this visit to the airport as an opportunity to examine my proposals of a rail link, with a short line spurring off from the Leeds - Harrogate line after Horsforth station, running to a new station at the airport itself. This is the cheaper, more convenient, and greener option, and the one that residents actually want."