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East Midlands Chamber News

Heathrow launches consultation over expansion

Heathrow Airport has today launched a ten-week consultation over plans for a new runway and associated expansion.

Views are being sought from interested parties across the whole country and the Chamber is urging firms in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire to take part in the consultation.

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), said: “As the largest business-representation organisation in the Midlands, the Chamber has strongly supported expansion at Heathrow Airport over Gatwick or Stansted, but with the caveat that it should include infrastructure improvements for better connectivity from this region and should not detract from potential growth at regional airports.

“We would encourage strong regional representation to this latest consultation, emphasising the need to ensure that regions such as the East Midlands reap some benefit from the expansion.

“It has been claimed that Heathrow expansion will create up to 180,000 new jobs and £187bn in economic benefits across the country. But there is always a risk that the focus of the benefit will be London-centric unless, as a region, we speak out now to ensure we have the connectivity to take advantage of the opportunities expansion at Heathrow will offer.”

The consultation can be found at http://bit.ly/2DGCWju.