Stansted rail snub revisited

Adam Hignett

CELLOR George Osborne waded into the debate yesterday over the need for a rapid rail line between London and Stansted, by ordering Network Rail to review the decision not to upgrade the route in autumn.

The original decision drew criticism from Boris Johnson and Stansted owner Manchester Airports, which stressed the need for the upgrade in order to take advantage of Stanstead’s spare runway capacity.

The upgrade could cut journey times in half from the current 45 minutes.