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EVENTS: The third Airport Access Ideas Forum took place in London on 17 July hosted by the Global AirRail Alliance and Arcadis UK. The interactive discussion events looked at the use of data to improve passenger experience, create seamless door-to-door airport access and to better understand the movements of passengers to and from airports.

Speakers and attendees all worked on visualising the door-to-door passenger journey, marking the points where data is requested by the passenger or the operator, to identify where the industry can work together to address each individual and overall challenges.

As always, the goal of the Forum is to produce an Industry Recommendation Report, which will reflect the discussions and the case studies presented and will be released in the early autumn. You can read the previous reports here: https://www.globalairrail.com/about-us/publications

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UK: Gatwick has published its final master plan and a report on its 12-week public consultation, which concluded earlier this year. This consultation showed strong support for airport development with two thirds of respondents saying they support Gatwick ‘making best use of its existing runways’ in line with Government policy.

The final master plan sets out how Gatwick could develop to meet demand in the most sustainable way over the next 15 years, highlighting that the airport is no longer actively pursuing plans for an additional runway.

On commitments to surface access, Gatwick continues improvement works on its railway station. Gatwick’s railway station, on the main line between London and Brighton, is one of the busiest in the country, and has been struggling to cope with rising numbers of trains and passengers. Despite the rail links available from the station, the passenger experience and first impression of onward travel for arriving passengers could be significantly improved. Gatwick is working with Network Rail, the owners of the station, to develop plans to expand and improve the concourse areas. This will add more vertical circulation to the busiest platforms to facilitate platform clearance and provide new enhanced pedestrian routes. The proposed scheme will be jointly funded by the airport, Network Rail and DfT, costing around £120m, and is due for completion by 2022/23.

The full Master Plan can be downloaded here: https://www.gatwickairport.com/masterplan

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UK: JCDecaux Airport, in partnership with Heathrow, have completely redeveloped the Heathrow Rail advertising portfolio. The investment has funded a predominantly digital offering, presenting advertisers with the opportunity to showcase their brands on a range of state-of-the-art digital screens, reaching the entirety of the highly desirable Heathrow Rail audience. 

Heathrow Rail provides a key touchpoint for passengers arriving into and departing from all Heathrow terminals. 6.3 million passengers travel annually on the Heathrow Express, the non-stop rail service connecting London Paddington and Heathrow Central in 15 minutes. The number of people passing through this area is set to increase significantly with the imminent opening of the Elizabeth Line in 2020. This will contribute to Heathrow’s Sustainable Transport Plan which underlines their commitment to promoting public transport for passengers and colleagues.

New additions to the portfolio include a network of 58 LCD digital screens strategically located throughout all stages of the passenger journey, the T5 Beacons - stand out branding opportunities and the immersive Heathrow Rail Walkway Motion consisting of 14 digital screens and the capability for a full surrounding wall wrap. 

A major benefit of this new proposition is the audience it engages. Heathrow Rail is the UK’s most business-focused Out-of-Home environment. More than two-thirds of its audience are AB, a considerably larger proportion than that of Bloomberg and CNBC. Likewise, compared to financial press readers, Heathrow Express has the highest percentage of audience who are C-suite executives in large companies. Half of all Heathrow Express passengers are flying for business purposes, and business travellers who use the Heathrow Express take an average of 5 or more trips a year on the service.
  
“We have worked closely with JCDecaux throughout the redevelopment of the Heathrow Rail advertising portfolio, and we are delighted to see this premium opportunity go live. Heathrow is a sought-after environment for advertisers, and we hope this redevelopment expands the offering for brands to communicate with our passengers.”Fraser Brown, Retail Director at Heathrow.

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USA: The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has signed a 10-year agreement with its airline partners that will give the Airport Authority the ability to contribute over a half-billion dollars to help alleviate traffic congestion and make it easier for everyone to access San Diego International Airport.

The Airport Authority is currently working with its regional partners, including SANDAG, the City of San Diego, Port of San Diego, the Military, MTS, Caltrans and NCTD on potential transportation and transit connection improvements to the airport. The agreement with the airlines will help provide key funding for those projects, if approved.

“This agreement ensures that the Airport Authority will have the means to effectively partner with other regional agencies to improve access to the airport through transportation and transit projects,” said April Boling, Airport Authority Board Chairman. “It also supports the Airport Development Plan, which envisions the replacement of Terminal 1 and related improvements.”

While the specific improvements are being studied and not yet approved, the agreement ensures there will be substantial funding for those improvements should the Airport Authority and partner agencies decide to go forward with them.

The contribution of over a half-billion dollars includes:

  • $350 million for on- and potential off-airport public transportation projects in conjunction with regional partner agencies. The agreement allows the Airport Authority to contribute up to this amount when third-parties (such as regional partner agencies) contribute funds for off-airport transportation and transit projects.
  • This funding could also help pay for a new transit station on airport property that could connect to the regional system. Space for a station is included in the current Airport Development Plan.
  • An additional $165 million – funded 100 percent by the Airport Authority and the Airlines - could be used for multimodal mobility corridor improvements also contemplated in the Airport Development Plan and, if approved, might include an inbound, on-airport access roadway adjacent to Harbor Drive and a bicycle path.
  • If approved, the roadway would connect Laurel Street directly to the airport, with no traffic lights. This would remove an estimated 45,000 cars per day from Harbor Drive. It also includes a right-of-way for future outbound lanes.
  • Additionally, the multimodal mobility corridor improvements could free up space on Harbor Drive for potential Rapid Bus or light rail transit opportunities that could serve not only the airport, but also Harbor Island redevelopment projects being considered by the Port of San Diego.

“The airport and the airlines provide significant economic impact for the region, and this is just the latest example of that commitment,” said Kim Becker, Airport Authority President and CEO. “I sincerely appreciate the airlines’ willingness to participate in this agreement and pre-approve a significant investment in transportation and transit infrastructure.”

The Airport Development Plan includes projects that provide better connections for transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians, including:

  • New all-electric shuttle service to and from the Old Town Transit Center
  • Upgraded transit amenities at the new Terminal 1 curbfront, such as bus shelters, info kiosks, and electronic next-arrival signs
  • A new multi-use walking and biking path along North Harbor Drive

As with all off-airport projects, the Airport Authority will seek FAA approval for possible off-airport transportation and transit projects, similar to previous and current off-airport projects undertaken by the Airport Authority to improve Harbor Drive and Sassafras Street.

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UK: School summer holidays are often an opportunity for travel companies to put prices up - but Stansted Express has bucked the trend and introduced a special summer-only offer cutting fares by up to 60%.

The dedicated express rail services between central London and Stansted Airport, Stansted Express has brought in a new Family Offer Ticket which is available until the end of September.

The great value ticket, introduced in time for the great summer getaway, means that one adult and up to three children can travel from London to Stansted Airport for just £29.90 return – a saving of up to £44.85 on Standard Class Return.

For two adults and up to three children, the price is barely more than £10 per person at £52 return – a saving of up to £52.65 compared to the price of a Standard Class Return.

These special offer fares are available until Monday 30 September for journeys starting from London Liverpool Street, Stratford or Tottenham Hale to Stansted Airport.

The offer is available online only – from www.stanstedexpress.com – and families must travel together on the train.

David Metherell, Head of Commercial Development at Stansted Express said: “We know how costs mount up when going away with your family, especially in the school summer holidays.

“But we’re pleased to be making travel in the summer much cheaper for families – and travelling by train to the airport is so much easier than taking the car. You don’t have to risk the traffic, find a parking space, and then make your way to the terminal.

“Our Stansted Airport rail station is right underneath the airport terminal and just a few minutes’ walk from the entrance.

“We’re offering people the best start to their holidays.”

Stansted Express is the fastest way to travel between London and Stansted Airport, taking just 47 minutes. Trains depart every 15 minutes on weekdays.