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TSSA comment on announcement of Heathrow third runway

25 October 2016

Responding to the news that government have given the go-ahead to build a third runway at Heathrow, TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes said:

"Britain's transport network and infrastructure are not fit for the 20th century let alone the 21st. And a third runway - whether at Heathrow or Gatwick - is not about to change that.

"Our motorways are the clogged arteries of our nation and cost business £24billion in lost revenue each year. Our rail passengers need more services but pay the highest fares in Europe to travel on the most overcrowded trains. Delays are systemic and the HS2 plan is still not off the drawing board.

"Our rail freight industry is on its knees and we have built super ports on either side of the country but we have not had a Department of Transport with the wit to build rail or road bridge connections to them.

"So Britain really does have a job vacancy for a giant of a Transport Minister with the guts to do the right thing, go back to the drawing board and replan Britain's transport system as part of an integrated, industrial, environmental, public-serving business strategy that will serve Britain into late this century and beyond.

"The current minnow Grayling is flailing in the job. He is the small fry for the corporate sharks who, from Southern to ScotRail, Hull to Heathrow, are swallowing Britain's opportunities to develop world-beating, green transport futures to feed their private equity balance sheets.

"And he's made strange bedfellows of Boris Johnson and Sadiq Khan, Zac Goldsmith and John McDonnell today. That's a powerful anti-Heathrow expansion lobby group and I predict they will still be holding back the bulldozers at Heathrow when Chris Grayling's days as Minister for Transport are long since behind him. Bring it on!" 

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