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New Stansted link advocated

 

Journey times to the airport could fall to 26 minutes

A new rail link to Stansted Airport has been proposed, which could see journey times between the airport and London Liverpool Street cut to around 26 minutes.

Jim Steer, founder and director of consultants Steer Davies Gleaves, told the Stansted Airport Transport Forum that the new line ‘would significantly improve access times’ to the airport. As well as reducing journey times to and from the capital, Mr Steer said the line would improve onward connectivity to destinations such as Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich.

He added that ‘Rail infrastructure development, centred on Stansted, makes good sense and would increase the airport’s competitiveness and have wider economic benefits for the East of England region’.

The proposal follows the Chancellor’s announcement that the Government is to form a West Anglia Task Force, which will look at opportunities to improve connections to Stansted and Cambridge from London Liverpool Street. It is expected to report by the middle of 2016.

Network Rail is currently considering plans for this route as part of its Anglia Route Study, consultation on which closed on 7 February.

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