Advising and briefing on the service and product specification for the 2012 and 2013 InterCity East Coast and Great Western franchise competitions. Managing and responding to stakeholder issues and concerns for future rail services on Great Western including: the West of England Partnership’s Bristol Metro project; aspirations for further electrification of Great Western Line west of Newbury; interface between services to Heathrow Airport, Crossrail and the Great Western franchise. Evaluating the options for frequency and journey time enhancements to key destinations on the East Coast Main Line delivered through a new InterCity East Coast franchise capturing the benefits from Network Rail’s CP4 and CP5 capacity improvements and the introduction of Intercity Express Programme.
Produced the first UK Airport Surface Access Strategy (1997). Subsequently endorsed by Government in its 1998 White Paper “A New Deal for Transport: Better for Everyone”, enhancing Manchester’s national and international reputation for its approach to surface access.
Provided and coordinated Manchester Airport input and contribution to strategic transport studies including: Northern Rail Hub; HS2, various DaSTS studies; and critical input to DfT’s Improving the Air Passenger Experience document and Low Carbon Transport to Airports projects.
Contributed to early feasibility work on the development of the HS2 link north of London, and the benefits of linking to an airport. Focussing on the national and regional economic benefits that high speed rail brings, and how it can be used to develop and strengthen airport catchments.
Managed relationships with transport operators, network management agencies, passenger transport executives, passenger user groups and regulatory authorities; leading negotiation and specification on matters related to surface access to Manchester Airport.
Prepared and implemented a site wide travel plan for Manchester Airport: It recognised that airport employees often have different work and travel arrangements compared to other work places, and travel plans have to be flexible and adaptable to be effective in an airport environment. The plan delivered a 10% reduction in car commuting trips, an increase in bus use from 4% to 9%, and rail use 1% to 5% by 2010.
Input a pedestrian flow and internal circulation study on the Manchester Airport Metrolink and 4th Rail Platform platforms by Mott MacDonald working for Network Rail and TfGM.
Prepared outline network options with Mott MacDonald to identify feasibility study options for a possible future PRT development at Manchester Airport linking the proposed Airport City Development, airport terminals and the Station.
Responsible for leading, specifying and championing Manchester Airport surface access projects, The Station and the 3rd Rail Platform and Metrolink. The Station, opened in 2003, and it was the first multi modal transport interchange at an airport.
The Station’s drive in reverse out bus station layout linked to an airport quality waiting environment and facilities for passengers was well liked by users, operators. It raised the benchmark for future bus stations and transport interchanges.
Contributed the preparation of a new surface access strategy for Heathrow Airport by Steer Davies Gleave; researched and produced a benchmarking and best practice study of airport surface access strategies and services.
Manchester Airport client and project sponsor for its 3rd Rail Platform project. Project managed consultants undertaking design, business case and economic studies to produce an affordable and deliverable scheme.
Established and maintained strong relationships with the European Commission to support the development of intermodality policy at Manchester Airport. Secured €4.4 million of grants from the TEN-T programme for the Station and 3rd Platform.
Bob is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, and with the media about transport issues affecting airports. Most recently at Passenger Terminal Expo 2013 in Geneva where he presented the paper Intermodal to Airports: Securing Sustainable Growth and Market Share