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Government criticised over lack of airport access planning

A Parliamentary body has slammed the Government's lack of planning for surface access to the country's airports.

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The Chair of Parliament's Transport Committee, Louise Ellman MP, says the Government's failure to take a clear lead on integrated transport planning is a major obstacle to better surface access to the UK's airports. The Transport Committee urges Government to set out an integrated transport plan which connects airports across the country, boosting regional access and economic development.

The Government has a fully integrated approach to transport planning and we are investing unprecedented amounts of money to deliver infrastructure fit for the 21st century. This includes closely working with airport operators, local authorities, Highways England and Network Rail to ensure airport access is the very best. We welcome the Transport Select Committee’s work on this issue and we will respond fully on the recommendations set out in the report in due course.

– Department for Transport

It comes as a consultation into improving road access to Leeds Bradford Airport ends on Friday.

The consultation period seeking views on three options put forward by Leeds City Council has been running since November 23, has seen more than 2,200 people take part.