Reduction of shorthaul air flights

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3331
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Eurostar-style trains were enabled to run directly from Heathrow to Amsterdam, Geneva and Frankfurt. Would you support moves to reduce shorthaul flights to continental destinations by improving and extending high-speed rail routes ?

Answer

Answer for Reduction of shorthaul air flights

Answer for Reduction of shorthaul air flights

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I fully support the expansion of international rail services that improve London's connectivity with Europe and provide a viable alternative to air travel. Proposal 1 of the Public Draft of my Transport Strategy states that TfL will work with the DfT, Network Rail, the operators of international rail services and other transport stakeholders to encourage more international rail services direct to a wider range of European destinations.