Councils unite behind Gatwick expansion
Published: Friday 27th March 15
The leaders of Wandsworth, Croydon , Kingston and Southwark councils have published a joint letter in the Evening Standard newspaper highlighting the benefits Gatwick expansion would bring to the south of London.
The letter reads:
For decades investment in south London’s transport network has lagged behind the rest of the capital. Public spending has gravitated towards established economic centres in the north and west where returns come relatively quickly. Recently the Olympics has also drawn focus to the east where the benefits of a comprehensive transport upgrade are now accumulating.
But those boroughs below the Thames remain, to some extent, overlooked. In the absence of a fully developed Tube network we rely heavily on rail and road systems which are now operating over capacity every working day. Our economy is inevitably constrained. Opportunities to force a change to our imbalanced transport investment cycle are few and far between.
Gatwick expansion is just such an opportunity. A high capacity, world-class airport due south of the capital would strengthen the entire south London region and decisions on future transport investment would be made on a more level playing field.
In places with direct connections to Gatwick, like London Bridge, Clapham Junction and Croydon, the economic impacts of an expanded airport would be immediate. Existing home building, regeneration and job creation projects would be energised. In the years to follow other part of south London would feel the warming affects as a fairer share of transport spending flows through the region. Untapped potential would be tapped and the result would be thousand of jobs and homes.
An expanded Gatwick is a once in a generation opportunity for south London and we have to take it.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council
Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council
Kevin Davis, leader of Kingston Council
Peter John, leader of Southwark Council
There is cross-party support for an additional runway at Gatwick Airport on Wandsworth Council.
Find out more about the council’s backing for Gatwick online.