Construction of new Leeds Inland Port set to start next summer

A new inland port in Leeds could remove up to half a million tonnes of freight traffic from the city’s roads and reduce congestion. That’s the message from Jake Berry, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, who has backed the “pioneering project” to build Leeds Inland Port at Stourton Wharf. Planning permission for the port, which will improve the connection between Leeds and the North Sea, has been given planning permission by Leeds City Council and construction is due to start in the summer of 2020.

Mr Berry said: “The new port, removing up to half a million tonnes of freight traffic from local roads and relieving traffic congestion, will create a host of new economic opportunities not just for people in Leeds but throughout this key region of the Northern Powerhouse.” Canal & River Trust, which has drawn up plans for the port, says it is now looking to secure GBP3.37 million of funding from West Yorkshire Combined Authority as it is “needed for the scheme”. Sean McGinley, the trust’s Yorkshire and North East director, said: “We are looking forward to progressing our plans to realise Leeds Inland Port which will have capacity to take up to half a million tonnes of freight traffic off the roads.

The land earmarked for the Leeds Inland Port

“The overall marketplace for freight within West Yorkshire is over ten million tonnes per annum and the potential to move a considerable proportion of this by water is high.”

He added: “Leeds Inland Port presents a fantastic opportunity for our charity to help to reduce the environmental impact of transporting goods, reducing carbon emissions and road congestion, as inland waterways across the world continue to be effective and efficient transport corridors.

“By improving the connection between Leeds and the North Sea through our canal network, we hope to pave the way for further development of the inland waterway freight sector across Britain and internationally.”

Canal & River Trust says the Yorkshire and North East waterways region currently handles around 330,000 tonnes of freight each year.

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