“The decision to progress with a new runway at Heathrow is good for the North” say Caroline Flint.
“This is decision is good for Doncaster, good for the North and good for Britain.
“It was always likely that Heathrow, one of the world’s great airports, would get the green light. This decision has taken too long as the Government have delayed and prevaricated. It is even more important this moves forward and is not bogged down in endless legal disputes.
“Now I want the Government to balance this with complementary investment to improve access to regional airports; many of which have a stake in the growth of Heathrow but need investment to improve access for passengers to benefit from that growth.”
The Don Valley MP points out that London gains 24 times the investment in infrastructure than places like the North East, some £5,500 per head, to just over £200. The cost of Crossrail alone at some £15billion was nine times the combined expenditure for rail projects planned for Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East and North West put together.