13th August 2016
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce comments on second runway plans
Furthermore, a number of pilots and Gatwick airport employees have lived in Cranleigh for many years due to its commuting convenience.
As a business organisation, we recognise the critical importance of building an additional runway in the South East to deliver the anticipated passenger numbers between now and 2050.
The Cameron government concluded in the summer of 2015, after a lengthy report by the Davies Commission that the runway should be at Gatwick or Heathrow.
However, we are disappointed that the government is taking so long to make its final decision and we hope that the new Prime Minister will see fit to make that decision speedily.
The earliest a new runway can be completed at either location is 2025 and already Heathrow is 100% full and Gatwick will be full in a couple of years.
Cranleigh businesses and residents will benefit whether the additional runway is at Heathrow or Gatwick.
When the decision is made, the Chamber would urge the Transport Minister to allocate appropriate infrastructure expenditure in roads, rail and public transport, housing and employment land to accommodate the economic growth that will result.