Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has given his enthusiastic backing to the announcement today that Heathrow is the Government’s preferred option for airport expansion, which will generate £100 billion in UK economic benefits and 100,000 new UK jobs.
The Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP, will today outline the Government’s plans before Parliament to build the first full-length runway in the South East since the end of the Second World War. Proposals to expand Heathrow Airport were also backed by the independent Airports Commission, which reported in 2015.
Alok is a longstanding supporter of expansion at Heathrow Airport and has spoken in Parliament and at a number of high profile business events to argue against diminishing the role of Heathrow in favour of another hub airport.
Alok Sharma said: “It is no coincidence that ten percent of the UK’s economic output is generated in the western wedge around Heathrow and that expansion at the airport has such broad business support right across the United Kingdom. This decision will send a clear message that Britain is open for business and that we welcome closer ties with countries around the globe.”
Alok continued: “Expansion at Heathrow will benefit all parts of the country, but also here in Reading, due to better connectivity following the introduction of a new direct rail link between Reading and Heathrow which will speed up travel times and cement Reading’s image as an economic powerhouse and a destination of choice for international business investment.”
Alok concluded: “With all London airports currently projected to be full by 2030, I believe there will be plenty of scope for expansion at other airports too, but it is vital we get spades in the ground at Heathrow at the earliest opportunity to secure our future as a trading nation and one of the best connected countries in the world.”