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Meanwhile, in other airport news, London Stansted Airport launched its “Stansted in 30” campaign to urge the rail industry and Government to invest to cut journey times on Stansted Express trains to and from the capital to 30 minutes.

It currently takes 45 minutes to cover the 35 miles between the airport and London Liverpool Street.

The airport authority claims that reducing journey times between the airport and London will boost Stansted’s ability to compete and bring significant benefits to communities up and down the line.

Stansted’s Managing Director, Nick Barton, said:

“I’m very proud that nearly 49% of our passengers already use public transport to get to and from the airport – the highest of any major UK airport.

“But we can’t maintain or build on this success without major rail investment, which has to be included in the Government’s policy announcement this summer.”

Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive at London Chamber of Commerce and Industry commented:

“Better and faster rail access to London’s airports such as Stansted creates the connectivity our international trading partners in European and emerging markets require to do business in London.

“With the Government keen to see more inward investment and increased exports, slashing journey times to London’s airports is vital to boosting growth and productivity in London and the UK as a whole.”


  1. Much as the 30 minute timing seems like a good idea I am somewhat concerned that this is likely to be achieved by sacrificing the service at stations such as Sawbridgeworth and Harlow Mill.

    • I agree with you it’s a good idea, I understand your point with the services stopping at the stations you have mentioned. I think personally the single line tunnel out of stansted station needs to either widened it to a two track or build a single bore from scratch. The tragic downside with both problems at the moment is it’s expensive and you would have months of disruption with the worst possibility of closing the line for most weekends doing the work and keeping residents up all night with the work as well.

  2. If Stansted’s management really want increaswed sppeds for the rail link, then the new Airport Management team, ie whoever takes over from BAA must be prepared to put up some hard cash.
    Simple, as Network Rail cannot justify further investment to boost access times.


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