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Airport security 'putting people off public transport'

Unpredictable airport security checks are making it harder to lure passengers onto public transport to reach their flights, an expert has warned.

Grant Brooker, head of studio at architects Foster & Partners, told MPs on the Commons transport select committee that passengers wanted more certainty about surface transport routes.

“Security is now one of the most significant elements in any passenger terminal building,” he told the cross-party panel of MPs.

“It means people have to allocate a greater amount of time to pass through security. You can be at a terminal building and still miss your flight.

“Security processes, depending on the alert status, could be a few minutes or 40 minutes.

“It’s unpredictable. What people can’t have is another unpredictable part of a journey to precede that.

“People are looking for dedicated transport links, where they mix very little with other passengers, and that puts another pressure on transport.

“If you have family travellers, it is very hard to see how that works with our public transport system.”

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  • Barry Walton

    I have flown 18 times this year from and to Heathrow, Stanstead, Gatwick and Bristol and from Antigua, St Vincent and Male. Your headline problem, security delay is, on that experience, wildly overstated. Security checks are part of the process and the uncertainty of having to keep on or take of my shoes might cost half a minute. Preparing for tackling the M3 permanent building site/permissive path (it is no longer appropriate to classify it as a motorway) means leaving home in Wiltshire an hour before we otherwise would if we are heading east. Connecting with Bath airport has remained consistent for years and remains abysmal from Westbury.

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