Wandsworth back Gatwick

Wandsworth Council are continuing to back Gatwick over Heathrow in the airport expansion debate.

They have seized on a report from Gatwick Airport which suggests areas well-connected to Gatwick could see a surge in jobs should the Sussex airport expand.

Clapham Junction is currently 25 minutes from Gatwick and rail services are set to be become faster and more frequent.

Wandsworth are particularly keen on Gatwick as expansion there would, they say, not create new flightpaths over Wandsworth. Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “The report makes a strong case which we are now discussing in more detail with Gatwick officials.

“It’s always been clear Clapham Junction stands to benefit from growth at Gatwick thanks to its direct rail link. We agree it would enhance this part of Battersea’s credentials as a business destination and help attract the employment growth we are already seeing in neighbouring Nine Elms.

“A second runway would have to come alongside further investment in our rail network including the Brighton Mainline and at Clapham Junction Station. It would also add momentum to the council’s redevelopment plans for the area around the station and help us unlock this district’s full potential.”

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