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Investigating Options for a Rapid Direct Rail Link between Major European International Airport and City Centre

North Star were recruited by a major European international airport to investigate possible options for a rapid direct rail link from the airport to the city centre. Such links had been identified as a ‘key success factor’ for European airports, especially those entering a period of significant growth, with associated infrastructure investment.

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North Star produced an innovative proposal following an assessment of the practicality and economic viability of providing an express direct rail access. The proposal involved bringing into service a pair of little-used freight lines running parallel to the main line.

Our consultant then worked with a major consultancy to prepare a series of business cases, which have been reviewed and accepted by the airport owner’s Board of Executives. North Star is continuing to provide support in devising a plan to take this project forward, navigating the planning and legal requirements and proposing approaches for governance and stakeholder management.

The Client is now aware that there is a possibility of achieving their overall objective, which fits with their long-term plans to develop their facility – effectively a ‘licence to expand’.


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