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Fresh images have been revealed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority which showcases the new £42m railway station at Leeds Bradford Airport.

The station has been touted for a number of years but now plans are coming together and a public consultation for the project has now been launched.

The line will run on the Leeds to Harrogate line – sitting between Horsforth Station and the southern end of Bramhope Tunnel, and those arriving would need to jump on a frequent shuttle bus to the airport. Although plans have been discussed for connecting the rail line directly to the station the plans are thought to be financially unviable – with the parkway station a more affordable option. The plans also include a carpark with 350 spaces.

It’s one in a number of major projects set to be discussed at the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference & Development Conference.

Councillor Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: “We are very keen to hear views on the Parkway Station and for people to see how the proposals have been developed since we last consulted with the public. The Parkway Station will help ease current congestion and tackle air quality issues by improving access by public transport and by encouraging fewer people to take to their cars to get to the airport and surrounding areas. [emaillocker id=”71749″]

“The station will also help provide access to the proposed North West Leeds Employment Hub in that area, which has the potential to create 5,500 new and local jobs. Another important aim of the Parkway Station is to increase sustainable travel in and out of Leeds and other centres with the provision of the park and ride facilities which encourage transfer to rail and reduce reliance on cars. This will be really beneficial to local residents who will be able to use this and be better connected to areas across West Yorkshire”

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, added: “The new Parkway Station will cut the number of cars on Leeds’s roads, easing traffic congestion and providing a significant boost for our efforts to improve air quality in this area.

“Investment in sustainable public transport infrastructure that delivers better links to and from Leeds Bradford Airport complements the council’s climate emergency strategy and underlines our determination to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.138216278093

“The station will also form an important part of our push to ensure there is proper support for the new jobs we expect to see created in the years to come thanks to schemes such as the proposed North West Leeds Employment Hub.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved with the latest stage of the public engagement process and help us make the plans for the station the very best they can be.”

Those wanting to have their say can do so by visiting the Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station consultation page.

You can register for the West Yorkshire Economic Growth and Development Conference here: https://www.built-environment-networking.com/event/west-yorkshire-economic-growth-conference-3-2/