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Leeds unveils plans for parkway rail station

Words: Huw Morris
Leeds Bradford Airport

A new parkway rail station connecting to Leeds Bradford Airport is central to £270 million of improvements to transport in Leeds revealed on Monday.

The plan, along with two other stations to be created in the city and additional rail network improvements, emerged as the first details were revealed ahead of a new transport strategy for Leeds.

The parkway station would be built on the existing Leeds to Harrogate line, connecting to the wider rail network and supporting the development of one of the UK’s fastest-growing regional airports, which attracts 3.5 million passengers a year and contributes £100 million a year to the city region economy.

Two other new stations are also proposed at White Rose Shopping Centre and Office Park to support retail, connectivity and employment – and at Thorpe Park to support job creation and housing growth along the East Leeds Extension.

The new stations would be part-funded from the £173.5 million of Department for Transport funding secured following the decision not to proceed with the New Generation Transport trolleybus in May, with the funds needing to be invested in public transport before the end of 2021.