Whilst about transport in general surely this tells us that obviously to make Leeds Bradford a successful airport there must be new road and rail links built pronto to serve the airport especially as its so striking to notice how many business people believe access to Manchester is better due to direct motorway links along the M62, M60 and M56 as opposed to fighting through narrow roads through Yeadon to go to Leeds Bradford and that with direct rail links to Manchester Airport as opposed to a stopping bus service it is a must that there should be transport provisions provided now as opposed to having vague visions for Leeds Bradford Airport. Guess it should also mean that Leeds Bradford would be a much better airport if the terminal buildings were vastly expanded as well. I wonder if any potential purchaster of LBA will provide for any of these needs especially if it becomes more successful will provide a vital role for the West Yorks economy.Yorkshire bosses prefer airport in - Manchester
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A THIRD of bosses at West Yorkshire small businesses prefer flying from Manchester Airport rather than Leeds Bradford – because it is quicker to reach.
Up to 30 per cent of the firms questioned by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said the motorway network made driving to Manchester Airport faster than battling along West Yorkshire's increasingly congested roads to Yeadon.
This was despite the fact it is much further – 56 miles from Leeds compared to nine miles.
But Leeds Bradford Airport could become their first choice for flights if it improved its choice of destinations (said 37 per cent of small businesses ), if an airport rail link were built (36.2%) and if road access were improved.
FSB West Yorkshire Regional chairman Mike Goodman, a Birstall-based businessman, said: "Several respondents say it is unbelievable that an international airport does not have a rail or motorway access.
"This is one of the most striking findings of our survey.
"Other key points are that traffic congestion is continuing to harm small businesses through delays and missed meetings.
"Many feel there is under-investment in West Yorkshire's transport infrastructure, with specific complaints about the poor state of roads in Leeds and Kirklees which, it is also pointed out, is hardly likely to encourage cyclists.
"In spite of this, it is clear that some business people could be persuaded to leave their cars at home and use public transport instead but, to achieve this, operating companies will have to ensure that they meet their needs. This is currently not the case for many.
"The hardship caused by traffic congestion is that some of our members travelling less than ten miles to work take more than 30 minutes to reach their destination."
The survey covered businesses across West Yorkshire, including Leeds, Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Cleckheaton, Batley and Dewsbury.
More than 95% of businesses said road congestion was a problem and 62.2% added it was a significant problem, with half blaming traffic volumes and poor road design and planning as the main causes.
Eighty per cent of businesses felt traffic congestion had worsened in the last 12 months and the same number said they "often or always" avoided certain roads because of congestion which added to travel time and costs.
A total of 45.7% believed that charging road users would have a detrimental effect on business, and 52.8% feared that it would cause financial hardship to many people.
Only five per cent considered congestion charging to be a viable solution with 33% wanting to see investment in a light railway or tram system and 20% seeking greater investment in buses.
Nearly 60% said they had lost man hours due to the transport infrastructure and 42.5% said it had increased their operating costs, while 20% said they had lost business as a result of traffic congestion.
Two thirds felt that West Yorkshire did not get its fair share of transport investment from the Government and 70% supported a tram system linking major cities in West Yorkshire, although there was uncertainty on the best way to fund it.
Last Updated: 20 February 2007
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Whilst about transport in general surely this tells us that obviously to make Leeds Bradford a successful airport there must be new road and rail links built pronto to serve the airport especially as its so striking to notice how many business people believe access to Manchester is better due to direct motorway links along the M62, M60 and M56 as opposed to fighting through narrow roads through Yeadon to go to Leeds Bradford and that with direct rail links to Manchester Airport as opposed to a stopping bus service it is a must that there should be transport provisions provided now as opposed to having vague visions for Leeds Bradford Airport. Guess it should also mean that Leeds Bradford would be a much better airport if the terminal buildings were vastly expanded as well. I wonder if any potential purchaster of LBA will provide for any of these needs especially if it becomes more successful will provide a vital role for the West Yorks economy.
Wanderlust top UK airports: 1 London City, 2 Inverness, 3 Southampton, 4 Newcastle, 5 Norwich, 6 Bristol International, 7 Birmingham, 8 Leeds/Bradford, 9 Bournemouth, 10 East Midlands.Survey names Dalcross airport UK's second favourite
INVERNESS has been voted the UK’s favourite northern airport in a consumer survey of nearly 3000 regular travellers.
Beaten to the title of the country’s best airport by London City, it was the only airport in Scotland to make it into the top 10 compiled by independent travel magazine Wanderlust.
Readers gave Dalcross and approval rating of 85 per cent, well ahead of larger airports. The UK’s busiest airport, London Heathrow, only managed 25th spot with a rating of 65.1 per cent.
“We are delighted at this recognition of the service provided at Inverness Airport to all our customers,” said Nat Anderson of operator Highlands and Islands Airports.
“The airport is a major gateway for the Highlands and we are delighted that it continues to provide travellers with a very positive impression of the Highlands.”
Lyn Hughes, Wanderlust editor-in-chief, said Inverness Airport had the potential to be number one next year.
“There’s increasing competition amongst regional airports,” he said. “At a time when some airports are sliding down the list, Inverness made its first appearance in the league table at an impressive number two.
“With comments like ‘clean’, ‘friendly’ and ‘efficient’, frequently applied to Inverness by our readers, the airport will no doubt be hot on the heels of London City Airport come next year’s nominations.”
Passenger numbers at Inverness have doubled since 1999 and will be over 700,000 for the first time in the year ending March.
“We’ve accommodated this growth while maintaining high levels of customer service by working as a team with all the businesses involved in the terminal,” Mr Anderson said.
“For example, we were the first UK airport to gain Hospitality Assured accreditation several years ago and have maintained that ever since.”
Inverness Airport now handles more than 330 scheduled flights a week and in its recently published draft strategy a master plan predicts that the airport could be handling almost 2 million passengers a year by 2030, supporting thousands of jobs across the region.
HIAL is currently pre*paring a funding bid to the Scottish Executive for the expansion of the existing terminal to accommodate ongoing growth in passenger numbers and routes.
l Masterplanner named — Architectural firm Make has been appointed masterplanner for the first phase of the 250 hectare Inverness Airport Business Park (IABP) following a competitive tendering pro*cess that attracted bids from almost 40 UK and international practices.
The IABP joint venture company intends to develop the site as a high amenity business park over the next 30 years with scope to accommodate up to 5000 jobs in a mixture of office, science park, light industrial, freight and aviation-related developments. A hotel is also proposed.
The design will integrate with the proposed new town of Tornagrain and the expansion plans for Inverness Airport. Make will be developing the masterplan proposals with the aim of submitting an outline planning application to Highland Council in the summer.
Make was founded in 2004 by Ken Shuttleworth, a former partner at Fosters & Partners. The practice now has more than 100 employees based in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham. The Inverness project is being run from the Edinburgh studio, which has been established for almost two years.
IABP, a joint venture established in 2005, comprises Highlands and Islands Airports, HIE Inverness & East Highland and Moray Estates Development Company. Highland Council is a share*holder through its provision of loan stock for the construction of the £4 million Inverness Airport Way link road between the airport and A96 which opened last year.
I used to use a taxi transfer all the time years ago, you get it free with Airtours Prestige, Thomson Gold etc ( well not really free , it's in the price of your holiday already).Yes and the idea of a taxi rather that the usual hour long coach ride is quite appealing too.
Hold your horses this is only an example that I have made using the airports master-plan as a guide. Those arrows you have mentioned, that is a good point but to move the threshold of the runway you would need to move the Chevin hill that is 2 miles out on the approach to runway 14. It has been said that it is possible to adjust the ILS on the 14 end to make the approach higher. This could possibly bring back the threshold further towards the start of the physical concrete. Even if this doesn't happen the extra runway would still be put to good use for landing aircraft on runway 32 (landing from the Leeds end) and runway 14 for departing aircraft.i don't understand why they want such a large part of the runway to be made up of those arrows because planes can't land on those bits, it would make sense to extend the runway bit more, the parking area looks good though, where did you find this, or did you make it.