WSP wins contract for Leeds Bradford International Airport connectivity

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways April 7, 2014 15:12

WSP wins contract for Leeds Bradford International Airport connectivity

Leeds Bradford International Airport (Image © Vaidotas Mišeikis - Flickr)

WSP, in partnership with Parsons Brinckerhoff, 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).

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.

WSP project director Adrian Kemp commented: “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 has the UK’s largest team of development and transport planners, and is currently working on major projects including the West Yorkshire Transport Fund, the Earls Court redevelopment and Birmingham’s Urban Mobility Plan.

The project will be led from the WSP office in Leeds and will conclude by early August this year.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways April 7, 2014 15:12