The Stansted Area Transport Forum (SATF) has been recognised nationally and internationally for the successful way in which it has delivered new transport initiatives , forged strong partnerships and changed the way that people travel. It was set up in 1999 to establish a partnership approach to improving surface access to and from the airport. By looking at transport issues in an area-wide context, the airport has developed an integrated approach to transport initiatives that has yielded many benefts. The Forum is one of the UK’s largest private/public partnerships. It brings together commitment and expertise from local authorities, Government, transport operators, airport companies, Stansted Airport Consultative Committee (STACC) and other local businesses and interested parties.
Over seventy organisations are now represented on the forum with several (as shown below) on the Steering Group or working groups. These organisations help to develop the three government objectives for Airport Transport Forums which are:
- Identifying short-and-long term targets for increasing the proportion of journeys made to airports by public transport;
- devising a strategy for meeting these targets; and
- overseeing implementation of the strategy
The forum is driven by a Steering Group which meets quarterly. It includes representatives from STACC, local authorities, Network Rail, Transport for London (TfL) and Highways England. The Steering Group acts as an executive board for the Transport Forum., setting objectives for the Working Groups and monitoring progress.