Gatwick Airport is undertaking a study to show how much road and rail improvement could grow the local economy. It will be published just before the government makes its major transport investment decisions.
The study by the Gatwick Growth Board is part of the build up to the funding decisions that will inform the five year CP6 spending cycle and the longer run up to the second Road Investment Strategy. It aims to unequivocally show that transport infrastructure investment around Gatwick is a priority for the local political and business community and that it could bring economic growth. The study will be undertaken by Arup.
“We are approaching a critical time when investment decisions will be made that will impact the region for decades. Our aim is to leave those holding the purse strings in no doubt about which transport projects would be best for the regional economy,” said former transport minister and co-chair of Gatwick Growth Board, Steve Norris.
Key local routes include the Brighton Mainline, the airport’s railway station and the Gatwick M23 junction – all of which are some of the busiest in the country.
Arup’s work will include identifying the priorities and impact of funding for rail and road improvements.