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UK manufacturers back third runway at Heathrow Airport

Britain’s manufacturers have called on the UK government to give the green light to a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Britain’s manufacturers have called on the UK government to give the green light to a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

The Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) wants ministers to “take the politics out of infrastructure” by setting up a wide ranging independent infrastructure commission to take major decisions out of the hands of government.

Roger Salomone, EEF’s head of business environment policy, said: “World-class air links are critical to export-led growth and attracting inward investment.

“To keep up with the competition we need investment across the board, in Heathrow and in regional airports. 

“Maintaining our status as a global aviation hub is critical to our international standing and expanding runway capacity at Heathrow is the most viable way to secure this.”

The call comes on the back of a major survey published by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, showing the potential threat from the UK’s stretched infrastructure to business competitiveness.

The survey comes ahead of the publication of the government’s transport strategy and Spending Review in this summer.

Salomone added: “Political prevarication and policy reversals have left Britain in the slow lane in developing its infrastructure for decades.  The forthcoming transport strategy is an opportunity to address this.  Government must reassess its investment priorities, act faster on major issues like airport capacity.” 

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