Government confirms £173.5 million funding to improve transport in Leeds

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UK: Transport Minister Andrew Jones has confirmed a £173.5 million transport funding package for Leeds, which includes new integrated bus corridors, improved park and ride facilities and better wayfinding. 

The package also allows Leeds to develop proposals for local rail improvements, including an airport parkway station, subject to wider rail industry consultation.

With the support the DfT has now given, Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) will now develop a range of improvements including the proposals for a new parkway station on the Leeds to Harrogate line to serve Leeds Bradford Airport and also act as a park and ride in both directions.

The Department for Transport forecasts usage of Leeds Bradford Airport could more than double to 7.1m passengers a year by 2030 rising to over nine million by 2050. Along with improved access by rail, Leeds City Council is also currently considering three options for enhanced road access to the airport with an update to be released shortly.