£270M of transport improvements planned for Leeds

WCN Editorial Team 7 Dec 2016 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Leeds City Council has revealed plans for £270M of transport improvements in the city, including a new parkway rail station connecting to Leeds Bradford Airport.

The parkway station will be located on the existing Leeds to Harrogate line, and serve as a park and ride station for commuters to Leeds and Harrogate.

Plans also include construction of two other new stations at White Rose Shopping Centre and Office Park.

The projects will be part-funded by the £173.5M of Department of Transport funding secured after the decision to not proceed with the New Generation Transport (NGT) trolleybus in May. The fund has to be invested before the end of 2021.

Support from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and private sector stakeholders increases the funding available to more than £270M.

Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said: “Providing a connection by rail to the airport has long been an ambition for the city and this plan will deliver it in a cost-effective way, along with two other new stations at the White Rose Shopping Centre and Thorpe Park to help drive forward job creation, productivity and economic growth.

“These plans all fit with the Department of Transport request that we invest the £173.5M in public transport improvements before the end of 2021, and I am delighted that together with additional funding proposed by stakeholders and private partners we can now do even more to improve transport in our city and make a real difference.”

Other proposed upgrades for the Leeds rail network include enhanced access at Cross Gates, Morley and Horsforth stations and car park expansion at New Pudsey.

The council and its partners will continue to explore options for a mass transit project in Leeds, though this will require additional investment and would not be completed by 2021.

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