Crawley MP says airport must show how it would manage impact of second runway

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Crawley’s MP Henry Smith has said Gatwick Airport must produce plans for upgrading roads, housing and hospitals if it wants to win its case to build a second runway.

Following the Airports Commission’s report shortlisting Gatwick Airport and two options at Heathrow for expansion, Mr Smith said: “Gatwick is a world leading airport in many respects and is vital to the UK economy, therefore, it is not surprising that the Howard Commission in to aviation capacity in London and the south east has confirmed it will continue to consider it as an expansion option.

“Since Gatwick has been independently operated over four years now, I welcome the £1 billion spent to upgrade the terminals including important rail connections.

“However, if the airport wants to see runway expansion, then over the next 18 months before the Commission finally reports, it must clearly demonstrate how it would manage and mitigate the impact on the Crawley and area community, including a comprehensive plan for upgrading local infrastructure such as highways, housing and hospitals.”

Labour prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley Chris Oxlade said: “I welcome the Airports Commission to include Gatwick in the three options as now a proper debate can commence over the future of Crawley and its airport.

“There are passionate views both for and against a second runway at Gatwick, moving forward, we can now have an informed debate looking at the facts and the details of possible expansion so Crawley residents can see the full picture.”