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UK: Chief Executive Stewart Wingate has announced the new five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for Gatwick Airport. The airport will spend £1.11 billion up to 2023, with £266 million planned for 2018/19 alone. 

Gatwick expects to continue growing its long-haul operation and predicts that passenger numbers will increase to nearly 53 million by 2023. 

According to the airport, work on developing the design of the railway station, led by Network Rail, is continuing, although it has taken longer to find an affordable solution and secure the necessary funding than originally envisaged. The CIP includes enabling works for Network Rail’s planned upgrade to the Gatwick station and it is now expected the works to be completed by late 2022. 

Another focus in the investment plan is to further develop the airport car parks to meet the forecast demand. Gatwick Airport will complete the South Terminal long stay car park decking project, providing an additional 1,200 car parking spaces for summer 2018. The airport is also investigating the use of robots for parking vehicles, offering efficient use of existing car park spaces through clos-space parking. According to the CIP, a pilot project at Lyon airport is being monitored for effectiveness and customer response.

London Gatwick takes five year investment plan includes exploring robotic car parking

 

UK: Chief Executive Stewart Wingate has announced the new five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for Gatwick Airport. The airport will spend £1.11 billion up to 2023, with £266 million planned for 2018/19 alone.

 

Gatwick expects to continue growing its long-haul operation and predicts that passenger numbers will increase to nearly 53 million by 2023. 

 

According to the airport, work on developing the design of the railway station, led by Network Rail, is continuing, although it has taken longer to find an affordable solution and secure the necessary funding than originally envisaged. The CIP includes enabling works for Network Rail’s planned upgrade to the Gatwick station and it is now expected the works to be completed by late 2022.

 

Another focus in the investment plan is to further develop the airport car parks to meet the forecast demand. Gatwick Airport will complete the South Terminal long stay car park decking project, providing an additional 1,200 car parking spaces for summer 2018. The airport is also investigating the use of robots for parking vehicles, offering efficient use of existing car park spaces through clos-space parking. According to the CIP, a pilot project at Lyon airport is being monitored for effectiveness and customer response.

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USA: The Boring Company has been selected by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT), on behalf of the City of Chicago, to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an O’Hare Express service. 

According to the Boring Company, the Chicago Express Loop will provide fast and convenient transportation between O’Hare Airport (Terminals 1-3) and Block 37 in downtown Chicago. 

Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour. Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle. 

Electric skates are based on the Tesla Model X, the Chicago Express Loop's skates will be mechanically confined to a concrete track within the tunnel and operate under safety approvals issued by both federal and state agencies. The vehicles will be battery powered and zero-emissions. Each electric skate features a climate controlled cabin, luggage storage space, and Wi-Fi.

Electric skates will leave each station as frequently as every 30 seconds. The Chicago Express Loop will operate 20 hours per day, every day of the week.

It will take 12-minutes to travel from O’Hare to downtown. The Chicago Express Loop will be three to four times faster than existing transportation systems between O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago.

The Boring Company will fully finance the project.

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UK: Network Rail is seeking views on their proposals to build a 6.5km rail link between the Great Western Main Line and London Heathrow Airport.

The new link – most of which would be underground – would speed up journeys by allowing passengers to travel to Britain’s busiest international airport from the South Coast, South West, South Wales and West Midlands without going into London Paddington.

The public consultation is open until 22 June 2018. Visit networkrail.co.uk/heathrow to have your say.

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USA: Metrolink has opened a new North Train Station on the Antelope Valley Line at Burbank International Airport on 14th of May. The new station will allow Santa Clarita residents a direct route to Hollywood-Burbank Airport, as well as a connection to downtown Los Angeles. 

“Many of our residents work outside of the Santa Clarita Valley and will greatly benefit from Metrolink providing this much-needed alternative mode of transportation. This new, convenient daily connection will also allow the rest of Southern California easier access to Santa Clarita,” said Mayor Pro Tem McLean.

Santa Clarita is one of seven incorporated cities along Metrolink’s Antelope Valley Line, which allows riders to travel from Los Angeles’ Union Station all the way to Lancaster. The new Burbank Airport – North Station allows air travellers to access Hollywood-Burbank Airport via a free shuttle. The station is also within walking distance of the airport.

The new station adds to already existing rail links serving Burbank Airport, the South Train Station sits on the Metrolink Ventura Line linking Ventura and Los Angeles Union Station.

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Qixxit app

GERMANY: A new digital travel planner app Qixxit was launched, combining several different means of transportation into one trip. Long distance bus, train and air travel can now be compared in one single search query and then combined to create one connected journey.

According to Qixxit, layovers and check-in times are fully considered in the combined journey plan.

The travel platform app can now be downloaded from the iOS and Android stores and can also be accessed at www.qixxit.com.

“We’ve been continuing to work on the development of the app over the past few months, and our main focus has been on the needs of travellers. We’ve integrated the results of our various user tests, as well as feedback from beta users, into the software development and platform design. We’re truly indebted to everyone who’s supported us throughout this crucial phase,” says Stefan Kellner, CEO at Qixxit.

Qixxit’s travel planning includes access to train connections with Deutsche Bahn and other railway companies. This includes FlixTrain, as well as German and European FlixBus connections. Air travel options are integrated through Qixxit’s partner Skyscanner. While Deutsche Bahn train tickets can be booked directly through Qixxit, other bookings are carried out through travel service providers or travel agents.

Qixxit was founded in 2012 by Deutsche Bahn and sits under the DB Digital Ventures group, which
finances and develops new data-based business models.