29 Feb '16, 11am

New blog: Time to stop airports wishing away their impacts - including demand for new roads

In recent years, airport operators clamour for ever more capacity has to a degree been mirrored by higher passenger numbers. Department for Transport’s statistics show arrivals and departures increasing from 215m in 2004 to a peak of 240m in 2007 and then slowly recovering from falls during the recession. That growth represents millions of car, bus and rail journeys, yet even some large airports treat their surface transport impacts as just an afterthought - considered only when wrangling over slots, night flights and runway capacity has taken place. A report by MPs (drawing on evidence from Campaign for Better Transport among others) sets out clearly why and how this needs to change. Roads and airports often go together in our collective imaginations. Congestion around airports is a staple of transport journalism at holiday times . Millions are spent on new roads to servi...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/blog/better-transport/t...

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