26 Apr 2012
The Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle MP, today urged Government Ministers to listen carefully to the case being made to cut journey times and improve reliability on the Stansted Express rail service.
Ms Eagle praised the recently launched ‘Stansted in 30’ campaign during a behind-the-scenes tour of the UK’s fourth busiest airport and meeting with Managing Director, Nick Barton.
The campaign urges the Government and rail industry to include improvements to the West Anglia mainline in the next round of funding and deliver a faster and more reliable service that slashes the journey time between Stansted and London from the current 45 minutes to just 30.
Nick Barton, speaking after the visit, said:
“I’m extremely pleased the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport was able to join us at Stansted today and discuss our plans for growing passenger numbers at the airport and future ambitions for the rail service.
“I’m delighted she clearly recognises the need for reduced journey times on the rail line serving Stansted and has welcomed our campaign, which will also improve reliability on services to and from the capital.
“‘Stansted in 30’ has cross party support alongside overwhelming support from the local business community who understand the benefits improvements to the rail service will bring to the local and regional economy on the whole of the West Anglia line.”
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle MP, said:
“Our airports are vital for our economic competitiveness, but to be attractive to passengers and business they need good transport links. For too long we have failed to adequately join up the different elements of our transport policy, not least aviation and rail. Yet, just as many passengers experience every day, my visit to Stansted began with a 45 minute journey to cover just 35 miles from central London. We have got to see if it is possible to do better than that in the twenty-first century, not least if we are serious about encouraging people to see the benefits of switching from road to rail.
“I hope that as Ministers begin the process of determining the priorities for investment in Britain’s rail network for the years ahead, balancing all of the competing priorities, they will at the very least commit to looking seriously at the proposals being made by the Stansted in 30 campaign.”