OTLEY AND DISTRICT MEN’S FORUM
future at Leeds/Bradford Airport
3rd December 2009
this meeting’s talk was entitled “ Future
Members heard that Bridgeport Capital, the airport owners since 2007, planned to spend £70 million in a five year period from that time. The majority of this money was directed to much needed improvements in the public areas in order to follow an LIBA Master Plan. The aim of this plan was to create an airport that can handle seven million passengers per year by 2030.
Mark Redgard explained the design of the Terminal Forecourt, Car Parking area and the effect on their design caused by the recently imposed security restrictions but surprisingly Surface Water was a subject that proved to be of particular interest. Around the airport there are nine water outfalls where water, sometimes contaminated by de-icing fluids, has to drain. Because the types of de-icer that need to be used on aircraft and runways are hazardous to wild life their removal from surface water drainage is essential. This removal is accomplished using lagoons where the water can lie until the contaminants reduce naturally to acceptable levels. If time does not allow this due to frequent rain a secondary method is employed to transfer the contents from the lagoons to a sewage system.
All major airports have transport problems but LBIA has some caused by the height of its location. Trains do not climb as easily as cars; a rail connection from Horsforth would cost a minimum of £140 million. This high cost and the increasing density of traffic locally has resulted in great effort being put into the study of ways to improve the transport system to and from the airport. Although 37% of passengers use public transport, including taxis, studies are underway to increase this volume. A feasibility study for road and rail transport has been funded and the Airport Transport Forum meets frequently to discuss possible solutions.
Buildings are more immediate than transport and Mark was able to show us a number of computer generated images of the proposed extensions and changes to the terminal buildings before he closed by answering numerous interesting questions.
For the final meeting of the year on December 17th Mr John Hobson will talk about “Yorkshire Wildlife” at 10-00am in Otley Civic Centre. Our first meeting of 2010 will be on 7th January when local MEP Timothy Kirkhope will speak about European Parliament, again at 10-00am at Otley Civic Centre.