The news that Gatwick has been shortlisted for a second runway has been welcomed by Tory MP hopeful Caroline Ansell, who says it will bring a much needed economic boost for Eastbourne.
The independent airports commission declared last week that a new runway should be built at either Gatwick or Heathrow and ruled out Stansted.
Sir Howard Davies, chair of the commission, said that while the UK did not face an immediate crisis of capacity there were “clear signs of strain” with passengers and warned that eventually the economy would pay the price if a new runway was not built.
“I was delighted the Airport Commission shortlist included the Gatwick second runway so, we’re still in the running with a final decision in 2015,” said Caroline Ansell, the Conservative Party’s parliamentary candidate who will go up against Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd in the 2015 General Election.
“This is hugely important for us as a town because our prosperity will rise or fall depending on our transport links.
“It’s key to our traditional economy in tourism, conferences and language schools and key to attracting new business to our town.
“Where there’s airport development, road improvements follow so potentially, more power to our arm for the vital A27 upgrade.
“In brief, it’s all about jobs and investment going into the future.”
In its interim report, the commission set out two options for a third runway at Heathrow and one for a second runway at Gatwick, ruling out Stansted and all but dismissing the Boris Johnson-backed proposal for a brand new hub airport in the Thames estuary.
Sir Davies said the commission would recommend only one of Heathrow or Gatwick’s runways for immediate construction when it makes its final decision in June 2015.