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Look beyond Heathrow expansion, urges GTMC

Paul Wait

GTMC has called on the next government to look at how to expand airport capacity in the UK beyond the third runway at the Heathrow.

The business travel group has launched its own manifesto ahead of the General Election on June 8, which includes the call for the setting up of a new Airports Commission to “look at how airport expansion can be delivered away from Heathrow in the coming decades”.

GTMC says the government should pursue four major themes during the next parliament: ensuring major projects are delivered on time, prioritising business travel in the North, enabling work on the move and assisting global trade.

CEO Paul Wait said: “There has never been a stronger need for greater investment in our transport networks.

“The next UK government must ensure we have the transport infrastructure in place to deliver opportunities for growth and prosperity both nationally and globally, including the large priority export markets.”

GTMC is calling on the new government to make a series of specific moves such as the “priority funding support” for Northern Powerhouse Rail and improved investment in surface transport links to key Northern airports.

It also wants to see improved wifi connectivity on the UK rail network as well as Air Passenger Duty being abolished for “priority export markets”.

Post-Brexit, GTMC would like the government to prioritise free-trade deals with countries such as the US, China and India to drive exports.

Wait added: “Our manifesto has one clear aim - to encourage the UK government to carefully consider the key role that transport networks and business travel have to play in safeguarding the future of the UK economy.

“The government must invest in long-term strategies across aviation, rail, technology, taxation and international trade to ensure that the corporate community is supported and encouraged to realise its full potential and bring valuable investment and revenue to the nation.”

 

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