National Connectivity Report recommendations vital to the North-East

Stuart Smith 2015, News

The findings of the newly launched National Connectivity Task Force Report have been backed as vital to the success of the north east by Nestrans.

The study, which highlights the need for making connectivity for the regions a priority, was welcomed by the board.

Nestrans Director Derick Murray served as the National Connectivity Task Force Area Representative for Scotland, ensuring that the voices of Scotland and the north-east were heard as part of the study.

Mr Murray said: “The ease of connectivity to UK hubs and destinations worldwide is critical for success of the north-east economy, encouraging inbound travel to Aberdeen City & Shire and providing our residents and businesses with a variety of choices for travel.

“We are delighted that this matter has been recognised in the report, which highlights the need for making connectivity for the regions a priority, as well as calling for affordable pricing at airports like Heathrow and Gatwick for regional services.”

The report’s findings have already generated a positive response from Heathrow Airport, who have committed to reduced landing charges for domestic regional aircraft, as well as a range of other improvements for regional connectivity, which are deliverable with expansion.

The Nestrans board will recommend the report to the UK and Scottish Governments, as well as the Department for Transport.