Segro customers support Heathrow expansion

Wed 4 March 2015, 11:43 am

Segro, the asset manager and developer of modern warehousing and light industrial, has revealed that 84% of its customers support the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

The independent survey asked the public whether additional capacity should be added at Heathrow or Gatwick – the result of which is expected to be announced by the government after the general election.

Completed by 101 customers, who employ over 20,500 people, the survey established views on a range of issues, including the importance of aviation expansion to businesses, how the different options might affect business growth and which option firms favour. 

Key poll findings found: 96% of business leaders agree the expansion of Heathrow is good for local business, 46% of customers believe a third runway will help them grow their business (compared with 13% of customers who would expand operations if expansion took place at Gatwick), 60% of businesses want to be near Heathrow, and 64% of those surveyed said local jobs are dependent on the airport. 

David Sleath, chief executive of SEGRO, said: “Heathrow airport plays an important role in the UK’s economic success, but capacity constraints means that our position as a leading trade and inward investment nation is under threat. For Britain to succeed in the global economy, we must expand Heathrow and this is a view shared by an overwhelming majority of our customers – 84% of those businesses taking part in our survey expressed a preference for Heathrow.

“It is absolutely vital that politicians understand the strength of feeling from the business community.

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