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BCC comments on next steps for Heathrow expansion

24th October 2017


Commenting on the government’s outline of the next steps for delivering airport expansion, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Businesses need Heathrow’s third runway to be delivered as swiftly and smoothly as possible. This outline of next steps is a useful indicator of the remaining stages of the process, but the UK’s business communities will want to see these plans move as quickly as possible.

“Building this runway will not only boost business confidence, it will also help firms access export opportunities, and attract investment from both the UK and overseas. The government must fulfil its commitment to investing in the UK’s infrastructure, and use the upcoming Budget to deliver those projects, both big and small, that increase connectivity, create jobs and spur investment.”

Today, the Government published the second draft its National Policy Statement (“NPS”) on a new runway at Heathrow Airport, which is available to view online here.

This is a key milestone in developing the Airports NPS which will strengthen the policy framework for expanding Heathrow.