Stansted: Business leaders ‘disappointed’ at Davies Report, though supportive of improvements to train links

David Burch, Director of Policy at Essex Chambers of Commerce

David Burch, Director of Policy at Essex Chambers of Commerce - Credit: Archant

Businesses leaders in Essex say they are “disappointed” that an extra runway at Stansted Airport has been discounted until at least 2030.

Essex Chambers of Commerce’s director of policy David Burch said an increase in capacity would help the region’s export industry and hoped the Airports Commission might have included it on its proposals for the south east’s future aviation needs.

“Our business organisations are disappointed that, at this juncture, Stansted has not been further considered,” he said.

“If we are serious about growing exports and boosting the Essex economy we really need to have the ability to have flights from airports nearer to home.”

Suffolk business representatives have also supported the long term measures to increase capacity outlined in the report, particularly the proposals to improve train links with London.

“Stansted Airport is a key economic driver for the whole East Anglian economy and therefore it is pleasing to see the commission support measure for increased passenger numbers at the airport and also improvement to rail services into the airport,” said Mark Pendlington, New Anglia LEP board member and transport lead.

John Dugmore, CEO of Suffolk Chamber said “The airport has capacity to grow, the business community wants more routes and more flights and we look forward to working with Stansted over the coming months and years.”