Headlines: July 28th, 1999

Britain’s airports have been told that more of their passengers have got to arrive and depart by public transport.

Glenda Jackson, the Transport Minister, says airports can play a crucial role in the Government’s much-criticised plans for an integrated public transport system.

Airport Transport Forums will be set up to draw up and agree challenging short and long term targets for decreasing the proportion of journeys to airports by private car, and increasing journeys by public transport, cycling and walking.

They will also have to devise a strategy for achieving these targets, drawing on best practice and including green transport plans for airport employees.

It is proposed that airports which have 1,000 or more scheduled and charter passenger air transport movements per annum should be required to set up Forums. The instructions will apply to Wales as well as to England – separate guidance will be published in respect of Scotland.