Reading West MP welcomes revised expansion plans published by Heathrow

13th May 2014

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has today welcomed the publication of a revised expansion plan published by Heathrow Airport for submission to the Airports Commission.

Heathrow today announced an improved plan to expand the UK’s hub airport that will create more than 100,000 new UK jobs and at least £100bn of UK economic benefits. Heathrow has stated that the revised plan will mean:
 

  • 40 new direct, daily routes to fast growing economies such as San José, Wuhan and Kolkata
  • Doubling cargo capacity to improve UK export competitiveness
  • Rail capacity into Heathrow trebled from 5,000 to 15,000 seats per hour
  • The third runway will be located further south, meaning 12,000 fewer people will be affected by significant noise
  • New section of M25 to be tunnelled and upgraded alongside the existing section, increasing capacity and reducing congestion without disrupting road users.

Alok Sharma said: “The continued success of Heathrow is absolutely vital to the economic future of Reading and the wider Thames Valley area. I welcome Heathrow’s revised expansion plan, which would provide more than 100,000 new jobs and add at least £100bn of economic benefits to the UK.”

Alok continued: “The western wedge area around Heathrow already accounts for ten percent of UK economic activity, so any decision that ultimately led to the downgrading of Heathrow would be bad for business, bad for jobs and bad for investment.”