Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
- Plymouth MP calls on Government Minister to help Plymouth re-open its airport in Parliamentary debate on regional transport
- “A new airport would support businesses and tourism and address concerns about the vulnerability of our transport ” says Luke Pollard
- Plymouth airport closed in 2010
Today in Parliament, Luke Pollard MP called for the Government to stand ready to help Plymouth re-open Its airport in a debate on investment in regional transport infrastructure.
The airport land has been allocated for aviation purposes in the local plan but the current leaseholders, Sutton Harbour Holdings, want to build luxury houses on the runway. The Government’s Planning Inspector is due to give her decision on whether to approve Plymouth’s local plan and the designation of the airport land for aviation rather than luxury housing shortly.
The Plymouth MP called out the lack of transport funding given to the far south west by Government and outlined his own four-pronged ‘transport manifesto’ for Plymouth that included re-opening Plymouth Airport, as well as a new cruise ship terminal in Millbay, full funding for resilience work on the Dawlish trainline and extending the M5 Motorway from Exeter to Plymouth adding much needed road capacity and making the road safer.
Plymouth Airport was closed in 2010. As a result, Luke Pollard said Plymouth has lost out of economic opportunities and tourism possibilities.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“Re-opening Plymouth airport would make a big contribution to the future economy of the city – supporting businesses and enhancing tourism. It’s not right that the largest city in the south west does not have an airport.
“Today I asked Ministers to stand ready to support efforts by Plymouth to re-open the airport when the local plan is approved.
“I published my transport manifesto in the General Election campaign in 2017 and have been campaigning to improve our city’s road, rail, sea and air links since being elected. It is time for the south west to get our fair share of transport funding because we don’t get that at present.”