London Stansted’s boss is looking for the return of 4 trains per hour between the airport and London, as passenger numbers close to pre-pandemic ranges.
Managing director Gareth Powell says the restoration of rail providers is “key to delivering very important sustainability targets and supporting the airport’s progress plans”.
The frequency of Stansted Categorical trains to London Liverpool Avenue station halved to 2 per hour throughout the pandemic because of the drop in passenger numbers.
London Stansted says that greater than 50 per cent of passengers travelled to or from the airport by bus, coach or prepare in 2019, a determine that Powell described as “a powerful file, and one I intend to guard”.
The most recent CAA modal share knowledge, nonetheless, reveals an 11 per cent decline in using rail as a proportion of all journeys to the airport compared to pre-pandemic figures.
Stansted says that the decreased frequency has “made rail much less interesting and fewer handy” for each passengers and employees, main many to change to non-public vehicles or taxis.
In a speech at this week’s annual Transport Discussion board, held on the airport’s Radisson Blu Resort, Powell stated:
“Now the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, we’re quick returning to 2019 volumes, and we subsequently want a better frequency, extra handy rail service, the likes of which serve the opposite main London airports.
“This will even allow us to ship probably the most sustainable restoration doable, encouraging extra passengers again onto trains and out of personal vehicles, consistent with a key pillar of the Authorities’s current aviation technique.”
After the occasion, Powell spoke of the airport’s plans as regards to sustainability.
“Our future plans and ambitions for sustainable progress, together with the entire aviation sector attaining internet zero by 2050, are clearly matched by our enterprise companions, as now we have heard loud and clear as we speak.
“Nationwide Categorical and Higher Anglia are dedicated to doing all they’ll to assist our sustainability agenda and drive down emissions as a lot as doable, whereas our work with Arcadis to develop a ULEV technique for the airport can be vital to our success.
‘All our companions are primed and able to do their bit – we all know Higher Anglia, for instance, have the infrastructure, high quality rolling inventory, the mandatory assets and excessive passenger demand. We simply now want authorities settlement to push the button on 4 trains an hour.”