West Anglia Route Study
Client: Strategic Rail Authority/Department for Transport, Dec 2003 - ongoing
In December 2003, the Government published a White Paper on Aviation, which gave direction as to which airports were to be developed; amongst these was Stansted. Since its link to the national rail network in 1991, rail traffic to/from Stansted has risen strongly, and around one-quarter of air passengers now access the airport by rail. However, the West Anglia rail network is congested, and whilst a number of previous studies had identified options for improving matters, the demise of Railtrack had meant that progress had not been made.
With the new impetus from the Aviation White Paper, however, the Strategic Rail Authority was keen to engage with British Airports Authority (the owners of Stansted) to agree a way forward. The Railway Consultancy was therefore commissioned to provide an overview of the key issues and options raised in previous work, options which included the possibilities of multiple-tracking part of the route and/or grade separation at junctions. The Consultancy is continuing to give independent advice to the SRA on the development of the West Anglia rail network for all users, including important commuter flows as well as airport traffic.
Last updated: Sunday, 18th December 2016
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