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Rail improvements to ‘transform’ airport demand

Improved rail connections will vastly improve access to Birmingham Airport, new research has shown.

Birmingham Airport commissioned Steer Davies Gleave to examine air-rail connectivity and how new service and infrastructure improvements will affect passengers’ ability to reach the airport from further afield.

In 2012, 23% of passengers accessed the airport by rail, but only 20% of these live outside the Midlands. Steer Davies Gleave identified limitations as requirements to interchange, few early morning, late night and Sunday services, as well as variable service frequencies.

By 2019 a number of committed or ‘highly likely’ schemes are anticipated to enhance local rail connectivity and bring an additional one million air passenger journeys to/from core UK airports from key population centres to within one hour of Birmingham Airport.

Paul Kehoe chief executive of Birmingham Airport said: “The research found that in the next few years, rail schemes already in the pipeline are set to increase the 60 minutes rail catchment of the airport by 300,000. This number could be amplified through rail improvements such as increased early/late/weekend services, through-ticketing and so forth. My team will be working hard to achieve this over the next few years.”

“Taken together, rail service improvements provide an opportunity to transform surface access connectivity to Birmingham Airport. Its rail catchment could develop from a sizeable but regionally focused offering to one of national significance, enhancing the potential ability of the Airport to compete for belly-hold freight and passenger traffic to/from a wide range of UK destinations,” the report concludes.

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John   28/06/2013 at 13:20

Many journeys are routed via Birmingham New Street and a change of train - and platform. It isn't convenient. A sop was t oprovide a bus from Coleshill Parkway but that isn't reliable - so we use the car - or preferably, another Airport!

Terry Mcmanus   28/06/2013 at 16:57

Sounds good for Birmingham but still no news on the potential York - Beverley Minster Line.....sad... would make a BIG difference and massive improvement in Yorkshire infrastructure ...and would appear that most of the Government is behind it.

Pedr Jarvis   28/06/2013 at 17:37

I shan't use Birmingham Airport again if I can help it. The security arrangements are over the top for internal flights. Takes twice as long to go through security as to fly to the Isle of Man. And I couldn't cut my fingernails in the island either! Compare with internal flights in the USA.

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