I am amazed at the negative comments re: Parkway Station and Park and Ride. I thought this news would have been seen as positive.
You should know by now rmac that nothing is ever seen as positive. We wanted a link road but when they announced funding there was negativity about the route, the impact on people, the timescale and even suggestions that in fact it isn't needed. They have now announced the parkway station which puts LBA on the rail map yet there is more negativity than positivity. When the terminal extension happens, the complaints will start that we need a new terminal. If we extended the runway I bet there would be complaints we should have a new runway in a better direction. What is affordable or practicable seems not to come into the equation. Above, there is a comment that heavy rail is feasible. Provided it is in a tunnel! So that is a tunnel at the Horsforth side and another tunnel at the Guiseley side, and a tunnel in the middle for the LBA station no doubt, at huge cost and clearly not viable for a medium size regional airport. Reality checks are very much needed I am afraid. Why use heavy rail in a series of hugely expensive tunnels when for less you can use a tram train system that still operates on the heavy rail line but doesn't need any tunnels at all??
I just wish people would have a glass half full attitude rather than a glass half empty view which seems far to prevalent on here. I could put my tin hat on as I know what is coming but I won't because I honestly don't care.