Pprofessional services firm, WSP, has been appointed by the Department for Transport (DfT) to undertake a transportation study to examine options for improving connectivity to Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) , in partnership with Parsons Brinckerhoff.
A Treasury report Investing in Britain’s Future published in June last year identified six “notorious and longstanding road congestion hotspots” that required further feasibility studies, one of which was the links to LBIA.
The Aviation Policy Framework, published in March 2013, affirmed the Government’s commitment to work with airport operators, transport operators, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships to improve surface access to airports across the country, whilst taking into account the associated environmental impacts.
The study team will be undertaking research to identify and appraise potential interventions that will substantially improve the connectivity of LBIA to surrounding areas.
The study will take account of the aspiration of the airport to grow and will identify the surface access improvements that would be required to facilitate and serve this growth, including highway , public transport and other sustainable modes.
Consultation and liaison with local authorities and key stakeholders will underpin and run through the study.
Project director Adrian Kemp at WSP in Leeds said:
“We will be drawing on the knowledge and expertise of local stakeholders, examining all previous work and proposals and identifying new options in order to come to a recommendation for improving connectivity in this crucial area of the City Region.
“Unlocking these constraints has the potential to significantly improve the wider transport network, keeping the UK on the move and stimulating economic growth both nationally and locally.”
WSP’s Leeds office is currently working on major projects including the West Yorkshire Transport Fund.
The company, which has 18 offices nation-wide and employs more 15,000 globally, has the UK’s largest team of development and transport planners.
Other projects nationally include the Earls Court redevelopment and Birmingham’s Urban Mobility Plan.
The project will conclude by early August this year.