Speaking at The Business Travel Conference, 4-5 June at the Novotel London West Hammersmith, the Minister for Transport, Stephen Hammond MP, insisted the Government understands the needs of business travellers for improved transport infrastructure across the UK.
In front of an audience of 200 buyers and 50 travel supplier exhibitors, Hammound said good transport links were essential for economic prosperity and business development and were now a priority for the Government.
“We’re reversing decades of underinvestment,” he added. “Transport has a higher Government profile than it has enjoyed for decades. The Department for Transport is no longer a political backwater. It’s a core economic ministry. We understand that we have a real responsibility to tackle our most stubborn and enduring transport problems.”
He identified key coalition initiatives so far as the £1.5bn allocated in the Autumn statement to improve the road network, ease congestion and speed up journeys; and its programme of rail modernisation including Crossrail, Thameslink, Intercity Express and plans for HS2. He said the government was determined to maintain the UK’s status as Europe’s leading aviation hub and would address capacity issues through the Airports Commission.
“We felt it was really important to hear from a serving minister on how the government was addressing some of the key issues of the business travel industry,” said The Business Travel Conference Event Director, Kirsty Hicks.
“The costs and efficiency of transport are often key to business success and our delegates had a very successful few days brain-storming these and other issues, sharing best practice and networking.”
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