26 NOVEMBER 2012


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Article from BTNews 26 NOVEMBER 2012

Stansted's rail problems

London’s third airport in terms of passenger numbers, Stansted, has finally acknowledged that it has serious rail service problems after years of BAA pretending that they did not exist and that the London train services were adequate.

With a new owner about to be announced the airport has launched its rail vision which outlines that new faster and reliable  links could help attract at least an extra 1.4m passengers a year to use the airport.  The current service, in effect a branch line off the secondary Liverpool Street to Cambridge routing, has been nicknamed “the Stansted slow”.
In a major presentation last Friday (22 November) Managing Director, Nick Barton, said:  “We have the spare capacity and infrastructure in place to support 35m passengers a year and with faster rail links we can attract the airlines whose passengers value quick and reliable links to London.  That’s why we launched our new rail campaign – Stansted in 30 – to persuade Government and the rail industry to commit to reducing journey times from London to Stansted to around 30 minutes. 

We believe there is a strong case to link the airport to high-speed rail and support the proposals to extend Crossrail to Stansted”. www.stanstedairport.com

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