02nd March 2020

Commenting on the High Court’s judgement on the judicial review of the Airports National Policy Statement, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce’s (TVCC) Chief Executive Paul Britton has said:

“The news that plans for the expansion at London Heathrow, which is Britain’s biggest port and only hub airport, are potentially now at risk. This will disappoint the Thames Valley business community and be deemed a real threat to the region’s future and sustainable economic growth.

“Promoting the need for a comprehensive and resilient infrastructure network, including the expansion of Heathrow Airport, has been one of the five key priorities of the Chamber’s Business Manifesto for several years.

“Our business community has consistently stated that the region, in fact the whole of the UK needs a world leading hub airport at Heathrow.  Business has consistently reminded us that the benefits of a third runway would extend far beyond the Thames Valley and the wider South East.

“Hundreds of UK companies are already invested in the supply chain for expansion, and tens of thousands of additional jobs will be created if the project goes ahead.  UK plc will continue to benefit from sustained high levels of foreign direct investment and expansion, which is crucial to helping reshape the economy as we exit the EU; achieve the Prime Minister’s vision of a Global Britain and send out the global message that Britain is, and always will be, open for business.”