The current priorities on which we intend to influence the debates at national level are:

1.Gatwick Airport
2.Transport and Connectivity
3.Superfast Broadband

Gatwick

Is the busiest single runway airport in the world - and the businesses in the surrounding area are a major driver of growth accounting for 48% of the regional economy (£23.1bn).

 

Following the Government's decision to proceed with the recommendations of the Airport Commission to increase airport capacity at Heathrow we will continue to make the most of the economic opportunities that Gatwick Airport brings and advocate the wider economic benefits it has to our region.

 

We know that across the world high value and international businesses congregate around airports and Gatwick is no exception. We will therefore be supportive of exploring additional avenues for growth, improvements to surrounding infrastructure and meeting the emerging skills needs.

 

Better Transport and Connectivity

Putting the case for greater investment in first-class transport and infrastructure for our region, including strong engagement in road and rail infrastructure decisions. We will campaign for better transport and connectivity, from superfast broadband to roads and railways.

 

Coast to Capital is working with partners to lobby Government for more investment on the Brighton Main Line and fully backs Network Rail's ambitious 15 year implementation plan for a Digital Railway and are working to ensure that these infrastructure needs and developments are looked holistically.

 

Coast to Capital also works to highlight the strategic importance of the M23 Northern corridor and the A27 to our region through Transport for the South East and direct engagement with Highways England and local partners.

 

Superfast Broadband

We are also supporting business clusters to bring ultrafast and superfast broadband to their businesses, as well as, the development of 5G research through our Digital Catapult Brighton initaitive.

Infrastructure

Kirsten Trussell

Head of Strategy and Policy

Call 01403 333840
kirsten.trussell@coast2capital.org.uk

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