Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway Station

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is developing plans to build a new rail station on the existing Harrogate line, between Horsforth Station and the southern end of the Bramhope tunnel. We are currently inviting public feedback on the latest proposals.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is developing plans to build a new rail station on the existing Harrogate line, between Horsforth Station and the southern end of the Bramhope tunnel. We are currently inviting public feedback on the latest proposals.

The station will provide an interchange to serve Leeds Bradford Airport and the proposed employment hub[1] as well as having a park and ride function to predominantly serve the generally rural catchment between North Leeds and Harrogate.

During Spring 2019, a period of public engagement* took place on the proposals and the majority of respondents stated that they were happy or very happy with the station plans, click here for more information on the first phase of public engagement.

*this was part of the wider ‘Connecting Leeds Bradford Airport’ engagement exercise held jointly with Leeds City Council.

The feedback received has been used to help develop the proposals further and we are now running a second phase of public engagement which will allow you to comment on these updated plans. Some of the ways your feedback has helped progress the scheme to date are highlighted in our 'You Said, We Listened' document which can be found by clicking here.


Project objectives and benefits

The Airport Parkway proposals have the following objectives and benefits:

  • Take cars off the road by reducing vehicle distance driven, that will, in turn, improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions
  • Improve access to the airport by public transport
  • Provide a park and ride opportunity for residents of north west Leeds and beyond, by building a 350 space car park for rail users
  • Connect residential areas around the Parkway to local urban centres such as Leeds, Harrogate and York via rail
  • Improve connectivity to the airport and surrounding existing and proposed office developments, including the proposed employment hub, for employees and customers
  • Help employers based near the airport have access to a wider labour network.


What is proposed?

The current design proposal for the station includes (as shown in the Station Boards, which you can access in the documents section).

  • A staffed station building with waiting area, convenience retail offerings, ticket purchasing facilities, toilets, staff accommodation and a bus interchange for transferring to the airport
  • Two 125m platforms positioned in the existing cutting, thus reducing the visual impact on the surrounding area
  • Platform access via covered stairways and lifts
  • A bridge linking the two platforms, which would also lead to a second pedestrian and cycle access route to the residential area of Cookridge
  • Construction of an access road to Scotland Lane
  • A 350-space park and ride car park to include blue badge holder spaces, electric vehicle charge points, dedicated drop off and pick-up points, secure cycle parking facilities, and a designated layby for the airport shuttle bus
  • Low energy lighting and CCTV


Climate Emergency

Since the previous engagement, the Combined Authority and Leeds City Council have declared a climate emergency.

Tackling the climate emergency is one of the Combined Authority’s four strategic priorities and with our partners, the Combined Authority has set a target to create a net zero carbon Leeds City Region by 2038.

While the Combined Authority recognises concerns about the impact of air travel and airport growth on carbon emissions, the current access provision to Leeds Bradford Airport is sub-standard and therefore needs to be addressed.

The Parkway Station seeks to meet the current demand for sustainable travel to and from Leeds Bradford Airport and the proposed employment hub. The Parkway Station will help ease current congestion and associated air quality issues by improving access by public transport, by encouraging fewer people to drive to the airport. Another major aim of the Parkway Station is to increase sustainable travel to Leeds and beyond with the provision of the park and ride facilities which encourage transfer to rail and reduce car vehicle kilometres driven. This will again contribute to reducing congestion and associated air quality issues.

The proposal will be informed by the Combined Authority’s Carbon Impact Audit, as will all of the Combined Authority’s transport infrastructure and economic regeneration projects.


Access to Parkway Station

The Combined Authority is also working with Leeds City Council to develop a wider connectivity scheme for the area to improve access to Leeds Bradford Airport, the North West Leeds Employment Hub (NWLEH) and the Parkway Station.

Leeds City Council is currently considering options for the provision of public transport and active travel (walking/cycling) access, and this includes changes to the highway infrastructure (roads) that may be required. There will be a further phase of consultation regarding these proposals anticipated to take place in Summer 2021.


Funding and approvals

The station development is currently being funded by the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme (LPTIP) up to the completion of the Full Business Case (FBC).

The overall cost of the project is estimated at approximately £42m.

The delivery of the station beyond FBC is subject to the relevant approvals, as defined in the Leeds City Region Assurance Framework. It is anticipated that the Station will be funded by the West Yorkshire + Transport Fund.


Have your say

We want to know what you think of our updated plans. To have your say, please complete our short survey by clicking here(External link). Before taking part, we recommend that you read the information provided here and below. The survey will close at midnight on 21st February 2021.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 precautions, we will not be holding any face to face events as part of this engagement. However, if you would like to talk to a member of the project team about the proposals before you submit your feedback you can contact us via the methods below. You should also contact us if you require any of this information in an alternative format e.g. braille.

Via email:yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Via our Q&A tool: Ask us a question using the tool at the bottom of this page

Via phone: 0113 245 7676 (MetroLine)

Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)*

*Please note that, due to the COVID-19 situation, the majority of our staff are working from home and therefore there will be significant delays in receiving any postal contributions. It is strongly recommended that you contact us via another method if possible.

Leeds Bradford Aiport Parkway Station

We want to know what you think of our plans. Please take part in this short survey and let us know what you think.

Next steps

In February 2020, the scheme received approval from the Combined Authority for its Outline Business Case (OBC) and in March 2020 received Network Rail’s Guide to Rail Investment Process (GRIP) stage 3 approval.

Over the coming months, the programme of work will continue to be developed further and we intend to submit a planning application in Spring 2021, ahead of submitting our Full Business Case for approval in mid 2021. We will also be working closely with Network Rail and train operators to develop a suitable timetable for services calling at the proposed station. Based on the information available at present, and assuming all the necessary approvals are achieved, the station would be opened as early as Summer 2024 as part of a scheduled change to train timetables.