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Sustainable Transport

London City Airport (LCY) is the only airport so close to the centre of London. It is also London’s fastest growing airport, having grown twice as fast as any other London airport over the last 20 years. This is in major part due to its speed of passenger processing and its convenient location with associated rapid transport links – all of which are highly valued by LCY’s predominantly business passengers. The airport’s location is also in the heart of a rapidly changing and regenerating east London landscape with growing development transport pressures and challenges.

It is against this dynamic backdrop that LCY produced its draft Airport Surface Access Strategy (ASAS), Connecting the Airport, published in December 2013. The draft ASAS defines the long term approach the airport will take to encouraging air passengers, airport staff and other airport users to travel sustainably. The draft ASAS includes the following 2023 targets:

Over 70% of air passengers travelling by public transport Less than 40% of airport staff to travel by single occupancy private car

The draft ASAS reflects the airport’s future growth aspirations as proposed in its City Airport Development Programme (CADP). However, whilst the London Borough of Newham resolved to approve the CADP project it was ultimately refused in March 2015 following a Direction from the Mayor of London and is now the subject of an appeal due to be heard at Public Inquiry in March 2016.The draft ASAS will be reviewed and finalised once the outcome of that Inquiry is known.


Draft ASA click here to view.


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Surface Access – recent history

Producing the Travel Plan 2011 was a key commitment within the airport’s S106 Legal Agreement with the London Borough of Newham. Within this document the airport set out its strategic priorities for surface access, alongside a number of actions to deliver these. In 2013 the Travel Plan 2011 was reviewed and six new priorities were developed in consultation with a number of key stakeholders. These formed the basis of the draft ASAS.


Travel Plan 2011

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LCY’s Transport Objectives - turning strategy into action

The airport has taken the six priorities that underpin the draft ASAS and used them as the basis for 26 Transport Objectives that guide the short term work of LCY and of the Airport Transport Forum (ATF). Some of these are objectives that the airport must lead on, while others must be delivered in partnership with the ATF and other key stakeholders. The six priorities within the Draft ASAS are;

Enhancing customer serviceOffering the right servicesImproving integrated journeys
Facilitating local connectivityOffering low carbon alternativesA collaborative approach

The Transport Objectives that sit underneath these cover a range of activities – from promoting public transport to staff and passengers, to working with transport providers to ensure that the needs of airport users are recognised, to providing passengers and staff with more user-friendly transport information. These 26 objectives cover many aspects, but they are not exhaustive and as such other issues are also investigated, managed or actioned as they arise.


Click to view the Transport Objectives 2015

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The Role of the Airport Transport Forum

The Airport transport Forum (or ATF) provides a collaborative environment for key stakeholders to maintain a longer-term approach to transport planning by providing direction and guidance to the airport’s ASAS. The Forum also manages an annually agreed programme of work that delivers against short-term priorities through a series of Working Groups that address specific issues. These Working Groups, normally three or four each year, are formed by the ATF to ensure delivery of the Transport Objectives 2015.


Click here to view the ATF’s Terms of Reference.

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Air Transport Forum Notes

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The Function of the Working Groups

These are time and task limited Working Groups that deliver against a specific objective. Members of the ATF and other partners are invited to participate as required. Each group agrees a project scope that culminates in the delivery of a defined outcome. This could be a report, a series of actions or recommendations, or something else specific to that issue. Each Working Group reports back to the ATF upon completion of their project. The work of the ATF and its Working Groups is then fed back to London City Airport’s Consultative Committee.

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The Relationship between the ATF, ASAS, Transport Objectives and the Working Groups

The diagram below sets out how the ATF informs the ASAS, which in turn identifies the Transport Objectives 2015 and from there the focus of the Working Groups. Actions are then identified by the Working Groups that are progressed by the airport and its partners.



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Monitoring and Reporting Performance

Performance against the Transport Objectives, and the outcomes of the Working Groups, will be reported and published annually in the airport’s Annual Performance Report. Commentary regarding the progress of the draft ASAS and the ATF is also provided within this report.

Click here to view LCY’s Annual Performance Reports

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