Surface transport access at airports: letter to Howard Davies

Date published: 
29 August 2013

The development of a national strategy to realise improvements to surface transport access at all London airports is needed, states the London Assembly Transport Committee. In a letter to Sir Howard Davies, Chair of the Airports’ Commission, the Assembly’s Transport Committee suggests ways that transport links to London's major airports could be improved. The Assembly’s report Airport Capacity in London showed that Gatwick, Stansted and Luton all had capacity to run additional flights. Poor transport links might be putting off Londoners from using this spare capacity. The Committee's letter to Sir Howard Davies highlighted how passenger dissatisfaction with surface transport access could have an impact on people’s choice of airports. Only 31 per cent of Gatwick Express customers said the service represented value for money and the West Anglia line servicing Stansted has become a significant concern for Stansted Airport Ltd who suggested around 1 in 6 trains were delayed by at least 10 minutes.