Students get inspired at the University of Oxford

Surface Access Strategy 2018-2025

London City Airport (LCY) is the closest airport to the centre of London. 4.5 million passengers used the airport in 2017 and the £480m privately funded City Airport Development Programme will enable it to serve up to 6.5 million passengers by 2025.

The airport’s speed of passenger processing and its convenient location, with associated rapid public transport links, are highly valued by LCY’s passengers and enable us to offer an unrivalled door-to-door experience.

The rapid public transport links are evidenced by the airport’s high mode share of 69% of passengers using the DLR, Taxi or bus to get to and from the airport. The airport is one of a few important catalysts positively contributing to a rapidly changing east London cityscape with growing development transport pressures and challenges.

It is against this dynamic backdrop that LCY has produced its Airport Surface Access Strategy (ASAS). The ASAS defines the long term approach the airport will take to encouraging air passengers, airport staff and other airport users to travel sustainably. The ASAS has two key targets for the airport to achieve by 2025:

  • Over 75% of air passengers travelling by public transport
  • Fewer than 40% of airport staff to travel by single occupancy private car

This ASAS sets the overarching strategy. New passenger and staff Travel Plans will be produced in 2018 that deliver the specific actions to achieve the aims of the ASAS.

LCY Surface Access Strategy 2017-2025

Students get inspired at the University of Oxford

The airport’s University Visits Fund was recently put to excellent use by the Royal Docks Community School, who took a group of their most gifted Year 9 students on an inspiring visit to the University of Oxford.

The airport’s University Visits Fund was recently put to excellent use by the Royal Docks Community School, who took a group of their most gifted Year 9 students on an inspiring visit to the University of Oxford.

The talented group of 22 students were treated to three fantastic scientific workshops in different locations around the city. Their day started in the enchanted Botanic Gardens – a place where the famous authors J. R. R. Tolkien and Phillip Pullman often spent time to muse and generate creative ideas for their writing.

Students were taken on a guided trail to discover plants and trees whose cells and minerals are a critical component in pharmaceutical drugs, used to treat a range of illnesses, from multiple sclerosis to the common cold. On the way to workshop #2, students wandered through Oxford’s oldest and most architecturally impressive buildings; past secret entrances to magnificent college courtyards and the University’s superb Bodleian library.

Their second workshop, held at the Museum of the History of Science, introduced students to the early ideas about electricity. Students watched demonstrations of experiments that were done in the 18th century when scientists were testing their theories about electrostatic charge and the nature of lightening.

Their visit culminated in a real life undergraduate experience utilising the laboratories of the Department of Materials. Students were tasked with building their very own waterproof batteries for an aircraft life jacket using metals and salt solutions. Alongside being scientific innovators, they learned about routes into Material Science degrees at Oxford and how applicable the subject is to the world of work.

Kenan Drugzani, Science Teacher and Enrichment Manager at the Royal Docks Community School, said “The educational visit to the University of Oxford has helped to raise the aspirations of our pupils, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds and without this visit would find it challenging to consider such institutions as their future venue for studies”

Inspired? We would love more students to visit Russell Group universities, so please get in touch to apply for funding if your school or sixth form is located in one of the following boroughs: Newham, Waltham Forest, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering.