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Olympian Helps Launch London Stansted's Public Transport Vision For 2012 And Beyond

29 Nov 2011

Stansted Airport teamed up with Olympian Steve Cram to launch its updated Surface Access Strategy and showcase the leading role airports will play in delivering a successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The five-year vision was unveiled to 120 top transport leaders, local authorities, airport representatives and key stakeholders attending Stansted’s annual Transport Forum. The blueprint includes plans to:

  • work in partnership with new Stansted Express operator, Abellio to deliver service improvements;
  • enhance and extend Stansted’s coach and bus route network;
  • better customers service levels to ensure all passengers enjoy a great journey;
  • explore opportunities to reduce the environmental impacts from surface access transport.

Opening the Forum, Nick Barton, Stansted’s Managing Director, said:

“Since the introduction of the 2008 Airport Surface Access Strategy, our performance and role as a public transport hub has continued to go from strength to strength. We have continued our commitment to invest in transport facilities, including extending the platform at the airport rail station. We’ve also welcomed the introduction of brand new rolling stock on the Stansted Express and we continue to lead the field in encouraging more passengers to use public transport to get to and from the airport.”

Commenting on Stansted’s role during the London 2012 Games Nick Barton, added:

“London Stansted Airport is delighted to be an official provider to the London 2012 Games and very proud to be one of the first to say ‘hello’ to the thousands of visitors arriving in the UK.  We know it will be an operational challenge so we’re preparing now to make sure it’s a success for everyone. We’re aiming to make sure every passenger journey through Stansted during Games time is smooth, easy and efficient – to offer ‘business as usual’, only better.”

Guest speaker for the event was silver medallist from the Los Angeles Games, Steve Cram MBE. He spoke about his about his Olympic memories and the important role airports play both before and during the Games.

“London Stansted is just a stone’s throw from Stratford making it the nearest major international airport to the Olympic Village. So I was delighted to be invited by the airport to speak at the Transport Forum and share my experiences of competing at the Olympics and talk about the key role airports, like Stansted, will play before, during and after the Games,” said Mr Cram.

ENDS

For further information contact Stansted Airport press office:

T: +44 (0)1279 680534
E: stanstedmediacentre@baa.com
W: stanstedairport.com

Editors notes

  • Other keynote speakers included Paul Nickson, Head of Arrival and departures for London 2012, and Ruud Haket, Transition Director from new Dutch rail operator Abellio.
  • The event was held at Stansted Airport’s Radisson Blu Hotel on Friday, November 25.

Key successes from the Stansted Surface Access Strategy

  • 47.9% of air passengers use public transport to travel to and from Stansted Airport.
  • 40 new and improved bus and coach services since 2001.  2500 seats available daily on coach services direct to Stratford.
  • Staff car driver mode share has fallen from 94% in 1997 to 69% in 2011.
  • Free staff travel to work service introduced.
  • Introduced the Airport Travelcard in 2000, with sales increasing at about 25% every year.
  • Car Share Scheme launched in 2002.
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