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Airport makes the case for Crossrail 2

Crossrail 2 could bring significant connectivity benefits to passengers travelling to and from Stansted Airport, London First has stated.

Speaking at Stansted Airport’s 13th Transport Forum, director of infrastructure David Leam (pictured) set out how the project could improve journey times to London.

The forum discussed work to improve surface access to the airport and how public transport can deliver this.

Leam told delegates: “We face a stark choice: keep investing in our transport network to keep pace with population and jobs growth – or let congestion hold us back.

“Crossrail 2 is a proposed new rail service connecting South West, Central and North East London that could transform journeys for millions of passengers. This includes benefits for Stansted through the creation of additional tracks to at least as far as Broxbourne, allowing more and quicker journeys to the airport and bringing it even closer into London's orbit.”

Andrew Harrison, Stansted’s managing director, said: “51% of our passengers now use trains, buses and coaches to get to and from Stansted. This means Stansted is not just the best major airport for public transport use by passengers but it’s now the number one of all UK airports, something we are extremely proud of.

“We are also delighted to see the recommendations from the recent London First report – A world class rail link for Stansted. We all know that securing improvements to the West Anglia Main Line isn’t going to happen overnight but if we are to secure investment on this line, we need to work together and speak with one voice.

“Going beyond that, we’ve heard today about the significant benefits that Crossrail 2 would have in accessibility and choice for passengers right across London, and provide a huge step up in connectivity to Stansted.”

RTM interviewed David Leam about Crossrail 2 earlier this year. That interview is here:

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Ricp   23/11/2013 at 15:09

Is the new owner of Stansted going to put up some money for this benefit? Unfortunately since splitting the the ownership of the 3 London airports, the financial base to pay for such a major improvement has been weakened, than if Stansted had remained part of the albeit Spanish owned BAA. BAA stumped up for Heathrow Express, so Stansted should make the gesture by paying for half the cost of the initial upgrade for a third platform at Tottenham Hale, and the second tunnel bore into Stansted Airport Station.

Nonsuchmike   21/12/2013 at 13:00

I'm all for that Ricp, and also Crossrail 1 being extended via Witham on a new dualled line into what will be the second runway to the ENE of the existing Stansted single runway. With alterations to the existing rail/station arrangements there, a loop can be run to serve people in Suffolk and East Essex as well as those further afield. Unlike you, I believe the owners of Manchester Airport have already demonstrated that they can dual an Airport's runway against stiff opposition (Swampy et al), so only the NIMBYs in those parts will complain; the net result could be an Airport that people want to go to rather than are forced to go to because that is where the carrier flies from. Personally, I wouldn't even consider flying from Stansted under current conditions, choosing rather another holiday than trek up there.

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