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Building Third Heathrow Runway ‘Vital For Improving UK Infrastructure’
The government’s plans to expand Heathrow Airport have been supported by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which stated this will help boost the country’s infrastructure.
CBI stated that a third runway at the south-east travel hub is a “vital part” of improving the airport, enabling it to bring new global links to the UK and unlock jobs around the nation.
“Improving the UK’s infrastructure really has to be at the heart of our industrial strategy, if it is to have the desired effect of giving the British economy a shot in the arm,” Neil Carberry, CBI managing director for infrastructure and people commented.
He was speaking following the release of the Transport Select Committee’s report on the Airports National Policy Statement, published last week.
It stated that the government should go ahead with its plans to increase the size of Heathrow Airport, as long as strict night flight rules are met to reduce the effect on local communities and measures are undertaken to limit its environmental impact.
Mr Carberry added that it is “critical” the National Policy Statement is approved by parliament by the summer for construction to commence in 2020. This would enable a new runway to be functioning by 2030.
He stated that improving Britain’s infrastructure with this expansion is “crucial if we want to set ourselves up for success” after leaving the European Union.
Heathrow is not the only travel hub that is undergoing a huge transformation, as major improvement work has been completed at Manchester Airport recently.
Scaffolding companies in Manchester have set up huge structures to help with the construction of a terminal extension, a multi-storey car park, and a new gate lounge.