How improved rail links can unlock London’s spare air capacitySeptember 2, 2013
Today, Monday 2 September, the London Assembly has recommended improving rail links to London’s main airports as a way to unlock spare capacity, specifically at Gatwick and Stansted. London First supports this as one of many a short-term solutions to the UK’s air capacity crisis.
We recently submitted a series of recommendations to the Airports Commission, one of which was for the Commission to call on Government and Network Rail to deliver a step change improvement in the capacity and quality of rail services to Gatwick and Stansted.
Rail services to Gatwick are hampered by poor quality rolling stock and uncertainty over the future of non-stop services, while Stansted suffers from historic underinvestment in a slow service that does not operate at times of peak demand. Both should be brought up to the same standards as those serving other airports, notably Heathrow, to strengthen these airports’ ability to attract airlines and passengers and maximise use of London’s available capacity as an interim solution.