Labour calls for delayed airport study to be published. The long-awaited report into re-opening Plymouth Airport by the Department for Transport should be published without further delay says two of Plymouth Labour's leading campaigners.
Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of the Opposition on Plymouth City Council, and Luke Pollard who stood to be the MP in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport at the last general election have written to the Secretary of State for Transport demanding the report is published.
The report was originally committed to before of the General Election in May 2015 and it is now over a year since the election and still the report has not been published.
Councillor Tudor Evans OBE said:
"Labour's manifesto from the May election committed us to campaigning to re-open the airport. I suspect that the reason the Department for Transport hasn't published their report into Plymouth Airport is because is recommends keeping it closed. If this is true, this would be a betrayal of Plymouth and yet more evidence that when it comes to transport investment the south west is simply not a priority for the Conservatives."
Luke Pollard said:
"My very real fear is that the Government is intentionally long-grassing the report into re-opening the airport until it goes past a point of no return. In the meantime, Plymouth's Tory MPs remain silent on the airport. We need our local MPs to be demanding the investment in Plymouth's transport infrastructure that other regions receive. Plymouth deserves better transport links than we have and that is a reason why the Government's report into Plymouth Airport needs to be published in full without delay."
Read the letter to the Department for Transport
Dear Secretary of State,
We are writing to you to call for your Department's report into Plymouth Airport to be published without delay.
The Conservatives made re-opening Plymouth Airport a key plank of your 2015 campaign in Plymouth. The much-hyped report into re-opening the airport was promised over a year and a half ago but nothing has been published by your department. The airport closed in 2010 at the beginning of the Coalition Government and re-opening it has become a key policy priority for Plymouth.
In the meantime, Plymouth continues to have no airport and our train line remains vulnerable and desperately in need of upgrading.
Plymouth is the 14th biggest city in the UK and the largest on the south coast. In 2013, the storms cut the region off from the rest of the country closing our road link and our rail link.
It is vital that the Government backs investment in our transport infrastructure. This means committing to funding a new train line and publishing the report into re-opening of Plymouth Airport. Your predecessor as Secretary of State for Transport refused to meet Plymouth City Council to discuss the re-opening of Plymouth Airport. We call on you to publish the report into re-opening the airport and commit to meet a cross-party delegation from Plymouth and the wider south west to bring forward plans for broad and considerable investment in the south west's transport infrastructure.
Plymouth deserves better than the poor transport links we have.
We look forward to reading the report into how the Government will back Plymouth's economy by assisting in the re-opening of the airport.
Councillor Tudor Evans OBE Leader of the Plymouth Labour Group
Luke Pollard Labour and Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in the 2015 General Election