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31 AUGUST 2009
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STANSTED’S problems, including the railway line and its unsettled future, as mentioned in a recent COMMENT, is highlighted in some statistics which AERBT has uncovered. For 2007, 44% of passengers used bus, coach and rail services for their surface access journeys to the airport. Rail accounts for 24% of traffic but this seems to have stagnated and is less than the 28% four years back. The Spring 2009 National Passenger Survey gave the Stansted Express a 66% passenger satisfaction, extremely poor compared with others. The big success story is coach travel, up by 250%. Consequently the proportion of air passengers using private or hire cars to access the airport continues to reduce and is now just 47% (it was 56% in 2003). Life at Stansted will have been much easier for passengers this summer with a £50m extension fully opened and a dramatic 12% drop in throughput, the annual numbers now running at just over 20m per annum, well down from the 24m 2007 peak. www.passengerfocus.org.uk
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