The link to the airport was identified as one of six ‘notorious and longstanding road congestion hotspots’ in a Treasury report, Investing in Britain’s Future, published in June last year.
The team will be studying potential interventions that would 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 needed, including highway, public transport and other sustainable modes.
WSP project director Adrian Kemp said: “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.”
The project will be led from the WSP office in Leeds and will conclude by early August this year.