Braintree district: Stansted growth could be key to new transport links (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Braintree district: Stansted growth could be key to new transport links
5:00pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
Expansion of Stansted Airport could hold the key to improved road and rail links for Braintree district, a council has heard.
Braintree Council debated the future of the region’s air capacity during a meeting held last week.
Councillors backed an Essex County Council (ECC) report which argued it was “unrealistic” to create a four-runway super hub at the site.
Braintree Council leader Graham Butland said: “Stansted can help add capacity to new routes within its existing permissions.
“It is operating at half its potential capacity.”
Stansted’s owners, the Manchester Airports Group (MAG), has this year agreed long-term deals with budget airlines Ryanair and Easyjet to increase the number of flights.
Ryanair claims its ten-year deal with Stansted, announced last month, could create 7,000 new jobs.
Tom Cunningham, councillor for Black Notley and Terling, said: “Increased Stansted means increased jobs for this area.
“As Stansted grows our district is growing. We need to find jobs and Stansted helps provide them and we have to be realistic about that.
“Stansted taking increased flak in terms of airport capacity will help ensure we do get the major infrastructure improvement in the area such as an improved A120 and rail links into the airport and across the county.”
ECC’s report states creation of a hub at Stansted would create 261,000 new jobs.
Sir Howard Davies, chairman of the Airports Commission, is expected to announce a shortlist of potential expansion options in December.
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