My letter to the new Transport Secretary on the Plymouth airport feasibility study


My letter to the new Transport Secretary on the Plymouth airport feasibility study

A reshuffle means new people to work with in government.

I’m committed to ensuring we work with with government to achieve the best possible outcomes for Plymouth. That’s why today I wrote to the new Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, to encourage him to publish the feasibility study for Plymouth airport as soon as possible.

I’ve included a copy of the text from my letter below.


Dear Chris,

May I start by offering my sincere congratulations on your new appointment. To us, in the South West, transport is one of the key policy areas because it is vital in helping our economy develop and assisting in job creation. It is no exaggeration, therefore, to say that I believe your new role to be a pivotal one in helping to develop the future of the South West, as well as the wider country.

Your predecessor, as well as his Ministers and officials, were always very keen to listen to some of the problems we faced in the South West and work with us to identify issues and develop strategies to fix them. That is work that I look forward to continuing with you over the coming months and years.

My ask of you today is to do with airports, and probably the main one you crossed the threshold at the Department of Transport thinking about. The people of Plymouth have been waiting for some time for the publication of the study into the feasibility of Plymouth airport. Is it possible to ensure the quick publication of this report so that the people of Plymouth can take the result of the study, whatever it may say, and go about making it work for the best interests of the city.

I will finish off by reiterating my congratulations on your new role and wish you the best of luck as you go forward.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours sincerely,

Johnny Mercer
Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View

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