30 MARCH 2015


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Article from BTNews 30 MARCH 2015

Stansted Slow

With the yet to be announced new franchise just 18 months away (October 2016) Stansted Airport is calling on the Government to use the new East Anglia rail contract as an opportunity to adopt a joined-up approach to tackling rail and aviation capacity issues.

Andrew Harrison, Stansted’s Managing Director, said: “The new franchise provides a timely and significant opportunity for Government to bring together improvements to rail services and rail infrastructure in a way that will be hugely beneficial for passengers, and enable Stansted to play its full part in meeting the UK's capacity needs.

“In tendering the new franchise, it is important that the Department for Transport recognises the urgent need for improvements in rail connectivity to Stansted.  The new franchise will enable the Department to deliver improved rail infrastructure and improved train services in parallel, providing the maximum benefit for airport users and commuters alike.

“We look forward to working closely with interested bidders to develop innovative proposals for delivering a step change in the quality of rail services to and from Stansted and the wider region.”

Working in partnership with the Stansted Airport Transport Forum, the airport has highlighted a reduction of the journey time to London to 40 minutes by no later than 2019 and a 24/7 operation.  www.stanstedairport.com

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