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Planning: Stansted Airport

Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 29 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 9 October (WS 20–22) about the increase in the number of flights from Stansted, what plans they have to provide improved surface access to the airport. [HL5814]

The issue of surface access to Stansted Airport was addressed in some detail in the planning inquiry which informed the Government's decision to grant permission for an increase in the number of flights and passengers there. The planning inspector considered matters such as the ability of the road network to accommodate the increased traffic that would arise from the expansion of the airport, and the adequacy and capacity of rail and coach access to the airport. In the light of his recommendations, the Government have attached a number of surface access-related obligations and conditions to the planning permission, the details of which are set out in the decision letter of 8 October. Copies of the decision letter and the planning inspector's report are available in the House Libraries.

As Lord Bassam of Brighton informed the House in a Written Ministerial Statement on 3 March 2008 (col. WS 92), the department is currently undertaking further work on the long-term road and rail capacity improvements that might be needed to take account of forecast population and employment growth in the East of England region as well as the potential expansion of Stansted Airport. We aim to report progress on this matter shortly.