Better access to ports and airports crucial to keeping economy's wheels in motion

A report by Sir Rod Eddington on the links between transport and economic productivity in the UK said that transport 'gateways' that facilitate access to international markets will be a key to the UK's future economic success. He sees a strong case for increasing airport and port capacity and improving port and airport surface access links. He says that restricting airport capacity on environmental grounds could have a negative impact on the economy but endorses the idea that travellers should pay the full environmental cost of their journeys. He notes the Government's 2003 Air Transport White Paper forecast that aviation demand would more than double between 2004 and 2030 even with the introduction of carbon pricing. The economic benefits of expanding regional airports were less clear than those of expanding international airports. Eddington recommended the use of pricing and slot trading to make the best use of airport capacity. He suggests that additional capacity will be needed at deep-sea container terminals and roll-on-roll-off terminals in the south east.


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  • Accession Number: 01045834
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2007 12:22PM