25 OCT 2016

Airport expansion: Karen Lumley MP stresses need to accelerate project

Following the announcement today (Tuesday) that Government Ministers have approved a third runway at Heathrow as their main option to expand UK airport capacity, Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has expressed the need to get on with the project.

Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at a cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday. And both unions and business groups have welcomed the decision, a vital infrastructure project to help keep Britain moving and competitive in the 21st century.

Karen said: "Personally I backed the expansion of Gatwick, but now the preference has finally been made public, I would press on the Government to deliver as soon as possible.

"It is vital that the UK is seen to be open for business and building the infrastructure we need to compete, so I am pleased the Government has at last made its decision."

Karen has also been a very keen supporter of Birmingham Airport during her years as an MP, and is still anxious to push the virtues of it as an amazing airport with capacity to spare.

She added: "Birmingham can now take larger planes to emerging markets and we should not lose sight of the fact that we have a great opportunity, right here on our doorstep.

"I will be looking forward to meeting management soon to discuss how they can take advantage of all the opportunities open to them."

A public consultation will now be held on the effects of airport expansion before the Government makes a final decision as part of a national policy statement on aviation. MPs will then vote on that decision, and that will likely be in the winter of 2017-18. Construction is not expected to begin until 2020 or 2021, with the new runway capacity operational by 2025.

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