Commenting on the draft aviation policy framework published today by the Department for Transport to build a £500 million rail link from Heathrow to the West of England, Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West said;
"Business welcomes the Government’s announcement to invest in the Heathrow spur link, as a crucial investment which will help give the region’s economy a global boost.
“Provision of this easier, faster route is essential for existing businesses and also for inward investment. As the Transport Minister said in her own words, businesses west of Heathrow have been calling for this vital investment for many years.
"The provision of quality infrastructure provides the bedrock for business growth and is vital to ensure continued competitiveness and productivity. We are hopeful that this investment marks a significant change in the delivery of quality transport infrastructure to the region which is long overdue.
“For too long large towns and cities West of London have suffered from a lack of investment in key pieces of infrastructure. However, together with the electrification programme of the Great Western Mainline, businesses across the West can look forward to the roll out of a rail network fit for the twenty first century.
“This said, it is important that continued growth and expansion of hub airports like Heathrow does not compromise the important role played by crucial regional airports like Bristol Airport.