After years of waffling over the expansion of Heathrow airport, the new Prime Minister needs to get her skates on.
Theresa May should show we are an outward looking trading nation, selling goods and services to fast-growing economies beyond Europe. But that also means first-rate connections to these markets.
I have recently teamed up with Tory Yorkshire MP Philip Davies to push this case for expanding Heathrow because we both know this is an issue that is much bigger than London and the south east.
Heathrow is the UK’s gateway to the world and our biggest port. Boosting its capacity for new routes and more frequent flights is critical to the future of our region and all of the UK.
We share that view with the CBI and the TUC, as well as the independent Airports Commission after the most detailed study of UK aviation needs for a generation.
The report found that a new runway at Britain’s only hub airport would boost the economy by more than £200bn, and create as many as 180,000 new jobs. It also shows the north could gain over 31,600 new jobs and £25.5bn in economic benefits.
Heathrow already connects businesses to 75 destinations not served by any other UK airport. A third runway could open up 40 new international routes by 2030.
I ask Mrs May to act quickly in the national interest to unlock economic growth and job creation in the North and nationwide.