- Jun 3, 2014
1.7 miles from the proposed station to the front entrance of the terminal by road.
I believe it was Cllr Andrew Carter, not Stuart Andrew, who is the Pudsey MP. In my view his argument is simply a way of stalling or even stopping the station without being seen to do so by the public, as he must know that civil engineers and specialists in railway engineering said several years ago in their report that the gradient up to the airport from the Harrogate line (or the Guiseley line for that matter) was too steep for heavy rail. Assuming the distance is, as KARFA suggested, 1.7 miles (I think that it is less than that personally having lived in the area all my life, but hey, it doesn't really matter), a bus, operating on a dedicated access road up to Scotland Lane and then via Scotland Lane and Whitehouse Lane to the airport's front doorstep, will take no more than 5 or 6 minutes. There are no hold ups, no traffic lights, no junctions other than the right turn left into Scotland Lane and then a left turn into Whitehouse Lane. I would think that if this scheme goes ahead, the roads will be improved between the airport and parkway station anyway. In my view, 5 or 6 minutes on a dedicated transfer coach which drops you right at the airport's front door, is perfectly acceptable. The only thing in my view that would make it unacceptable is if the airport have the shuttle buses operating back to the terminal via the long stay car parks, condemning rail passengers to a tour of the car park facilities. They need to have a dedicated station shuttle bus that is not the same one that tours around the car parks, because if they did that they would be certain to upset either the rail passengers or the car park passengers - or possibly both. Not a good idea. It takes very little to upset airport passengers from what I see and read.I think it's a perfect idea. What is Stuart Andrew expecting to get of the train on the runway? I think people (especially councillors) are forgetting that anyone visiting the city won't have a car and why would anyone staying in the city want to rent one if they can get the train? I personally have got the train from Prague, Krakow and Berlin airport's into the city centres and it has been very efficient and convenient. So it will be great for passengers living or visiting Leeds to quickly get to the airport. Business travellers would surely love it being able to get of the 8:00 Dublin arrival and hop on the train straight into the centre. Clearly the council just done want to make LBA better...
And when we do, the NIMBYS will once again object and the council will once again opt for a quiet life and just leave things as they are. All this after only a year ago, there was supposed to be consensus among council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority that the parkway station was going to be the way forward and that the funding would be available. Trains on the Harrogate line are already more frequent (now every 20 minutes), and they are now longer and fully refurbished ex Scotrail trains.Me thinks we should have another consultation process!!!!! (Joking, but looks likely)