It would appear to me that here in Sussex we are embroiled in a passionate debate about our future airport capacity and integrated transport policy – at least that’s what we should be debating in my view.
Instead, due to some nifty political footwork we find ourselves in what is now described as a two-horse race for who should have a new runway, Gatwick or Heathrow.
To demonstrate this, I recently had a conversation with a budding politician in Sussex whose opinion was most definitely for Gatwick. When I asked him why, he said: ‘well I’m standing in the Sussex area so I have to support Gatwick.’
Is this really the intelligent basis on which we make decisions about the future transport policy and requirements of this fantastic thriving country that we are all a part of?
The real problem, as far as I can see, is that this country does not have an integrated transport policy; instead, we make decisions in silos. This is why if you live south of Gatwick and want to catch an early morning flight you have to drive, as there seems to be no linkage between flight times and train times.