Last week marked the end of a successful five year plan that has seen Southampton Airport increase the number of passengers travelling to and from the airport by public transport. The next phase will look to build on this success and further improve the figures over the next five years.
The results were shared last Tuesday at the annual Air Transport Forum which was attended by local and county councils, transport providers and transport groups. The plan, which ran from 2006 to 2011, set the airport targets to achieve a better ratio of people using private transport and of those travelling to the airport by bus, coach and train. Now, 18.22% of passengers travel to the airport by public transport, an uplift of 7.22% from 2005.
Councillor Godfrey Olson attending as Chairman of the Airport Consultative Committee said:
“I was pleased to see a co-ordinated effort by the various transport operators to encourage greater use of public transport to access the Airport. Much has been achieved already and further targets had been set for the next four years.”
The uplift has been attributed to improvements made at the airport such as increased onward travel information in the terminal, improvements to cycle storage and regular engagement with train and coach operators. The airport also contributed to the improvements made to the footbridge at Southampton Airport Parkway train station. from 10.1% over the target amount to 15.28% exceeding the target set.
Given the uplift over the past five years, the 2012 to 2016 targets are for a more modest increase in public transport reliance. However, there are a number of significant schemes in development for the period, including encouraging rail providers to use Southampton Airport Parkway station on more routes, improved signage and live information relating to bus services, closer working with cruise providers and increased public transport information on the airports website.