that will eventually cut the journey time to the heart of London down to 38 minutes.”
Birmingham Airport’s chief executive. “I hope that any forthcoming aviation review
will recognise the capacity that can be released through their efficient use as
part of a networked ‘bigger picture’. Airports need to work better with other
transport modes – and not just be bigger.”
positioned to attract passengers – including from the overheated South East –
as part of an integrated approach. I hope that the Government’s new thinking will
encourage others to take a fresh look at their travel habits and see that there
are compelling alternatives to Heathrow.”
over the past decade and wants to invest the same amount over the next 10 years.
But much depends on its success in cutting the time it takes to get from the airport
to London before the high-speed line is built, which will slash the journey to
Euston to 38 minutes.
couple of years, make it possible for a passenger to get to Euston in about 50
minutes. This would bring Birmingham as close to the heart of London as Stansted,
which is 45 minutes away from Liverpool Street. A journey will take about 15 minutes
longer than coming into the capital than from Gatwick and half an hour more than
the Heathrow Express.
is also in talks with both the airport and a number of airlines over ticketing,
which would enable passengers to pay for their plane and
are working closely with the airport do deliver it,” said a Virgin Trains spokesman.
it handles a year, 1m less than currently handled by Stansted. The airport’s growth
plans could take the figure up to 30m.
that destinations such as China, Cape Town and the American West Coast would be
takes only 91 seconds to transfer passengers from the railway station to the terminal.
But much depends on convincing passengers that Birmingham is a viable alternative
to London’s traditional airports.
would see the train ticket being included as part of the air fare. This is common
practice in Germany, where passengers flying to Frankfurt pick up a high-speed
train to nearby cities such as Cologne. Virgin Atlantic throws in a ticket on
the Heathrow or Gatwick Express for its business class passengers.
not a rival to Heathrow, could at least be a viable alternative.
about the airport benefitting from the decision to scrap plans for a 3rd Heathrow
runway. The airport says it now handles 9 million passengers per year, and there
is enough spare capacity to take another 9 million passengers immediately – and
another 21 million passengers in future years, with its runway extension, for
which Planning Consent has already been given.
to boost their campaign to get the runway extension paid for. They claim the “extremist
green lobby” are completely misguided and out of touch. It says “The time has
come to redouble efforts to make sure Birmingham gets its runway extension”. (Birmingham
High Speed Rail Links from London to the north in mid July at
Mawhinney Report Misses the Point
should draw in more traffic to Heathrow, rather than distribute the excessive
demand elsewhere. Whilst this may be good news for BAA shareholders, it may not
be such good news for regional economies.
Airport in the South East, or indeed be seen solely in an aviation context. HS2
must have an equitable effect for the Country as a whole, and generate opportunity
for more jobs and prosperity in the regions. The Mawhinney report, presumably
informed by huge vested interest, thus compounds the ‘Heathrow Myth’.
be the UK’s ‘only Hub Airport’”
it also makes sense on the part of National Resilience not to ‘place all of one’s
eggs in the same basket’, and to deploy National Strategic assets appropriately.
Asset which, with emerging Government thinking, can easily form part of the solution
to the ‘Heathrow Problem’. There is spare capacity at Birmingham – enough capacity
to take another 9 million passengers immediately – and more than another 21 million
passengers in future years, as it improves its capability with a modest runway
extension, for which Planning Consent has already been given”.
strategic resources can only be in everyone’s interests”.
It is already the Midlands’ premier international gateway.
BIA will make journey times comparable with Gatwick and Heathrow, and shorter
than Stansted and Luton. “
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