In the centre of the UK, Bradford offers excellent access to national and international markets.
Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) is only 6 miles from the city centre and with three daily flights to Heathrow’s T5, Bradford is well connected to worldwide markets. In 2012 the airport underwent a major expansion incorporating an exclusive business zone lounge.
As one of the UK’s fastest growing airports, LBIA generates substantial economic benefits ensuring that the City Region remains connected to the world so that local companies can compete successfully for economic opportunities in established and emerging markets.
LBIA handles 3 million passengers a year which is projected to rise to over 4 million by 2015.
Manchester Airport is within a one hour reach by road and rail.
Train and motorways
Bradford and the wider City Region are well served by a highly-developed transport infrastructure with road links via the M1, M62 and A1 (M) motorways. The rail network connects Bradford to Leeds in 20 minutes, London in just over two hours and Manchester in an hour.
A new £21.96 million contract between four West Yorkshire local authorities and BT has been agreed to transform broadband speeds across West Yorkshire by the end of autumn 2015. The new project, “Superfast West Yorkshire” plans to extend high-speed fibre broadband to 97 per cent of households and businesses across the majority of West Yorkshire. As well as providing high speed fibre, the partnership aims to upgrade 100 per cent of premises in this area to speeds of more than 2Mbps.
This move will be instrumental in driving growth, boosting the local economy, and achieving Government’s objective of reaching 95% of all UK premises by 2017.