General, HP, Stregthening our economy, Surrey County Council, Transport

Need for new Cabinet post before airport expansion is considered

Click to download picture

Britain needs a new Cabinet minister for infrastructure before any decision is made on expanding Heathrow or Gatwick, Surrey County Council’s leader said yesterday.

David Hodge told a group of aviation experts that there was a need to invest now in road, rail, healthcare, schools and housing if either airport’s plans are to go ahead, and that Government needed to coordinate this work through a single minister.

Mr Hodge said: “Airports are great for our economy, but we could only support expansion if infrastructure issues are adequately addressed.

“We need coordinated investment – not small pots of money from different Government departments, none of whom seem to know what the others are doing.

“That’s why I’m calling for the appointment of a Secretary of State for infrastructure to really take charge of this important agenda.”

He added: “Government needs to be aware that failure to provide infrastructure in advance of expansion will, regrettably, only undermine the potential economic benefits.”

Both airports lie on Surrey’s borders, and between them employ more than 13,000 of the county’s residents.

Mr Hodge, who is also deputy chairman of South East England Councils, was speaking to the Runways UK conference in London.

Discussion

Comments are closed.

Categories

Enter your email address to receive new releases by email.

Flickr Photos

New chairman and vice-chairman elected

Cabinet Member Colin Kemp visits Pavement Horizon scheme

Woodhatch Road, Reigate

More Photos

Contact a local councillor

%d bloggers like this: