Passenger numbers at East Midlands Airport are forecast to increase from 5 to 10 MAP over the next 20 years but the current lack of connectivity is a severe constraint on expansion plans. There is currently no direct rail connection to the airport and consequently EMA has the lowest share of passengers and employees using public transport of any major UK airport, at around 10 per cent.
A new rail link service to the airport would enable EMA to grow while addressing key environmental changes. The proposal, which has been developed with Expedition Engineering and business consultants Steer, explores the wider economic drivers and opportunities for regional growth facilitated through investment in transport infrastructure. This include potential transport orientated development (TOD) on brownfield sites and the provision of new homes and jobs in support of the Government's commitment to the Midlands Engine growth initiative.