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Jim McGovern welcomes Transport Scotland report into Dundee Airport
Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has welcomed the publication of a report by Transport Scotland which sets out recommendations for the future of Dundee airport.
In their report Transport Scotland state that their analysis shows there is likely to be a demand for increased domestic, international and chartered services from Dundee if HIAL and other involved parties commit to their own detailed analysis, marketing and other commercial activities to encourage airlines and passengers to use Dundee airport.
The report however warned that if action was not taken by the relevant authorities the future of the airport could be placed in jeopardy.
Jim McGovern said;
“I very much welcome this report by Transport Scotland. I have long been calling for a comprehensive investigation about securing the future of Dundee airport.”
“The airport is vital to Dundee’s economy and expanding services, increasing income and providing more affordable flights will be essential for the airport’s future.”
“I am heartened by Transport Scotland’s confirmation that there is likely to be demand for more domestic, international and chartered services from Dundee if those responsible for running the airport make the case to the industry and to passengers. I have been arguing this for many years. There is little excuse not to see services improved if the involved parties, including the Scottish Government, operator HIAL and Dundee City Council fully commit to doing so and follow this through with action.”
“If HIAL, Dundee City Council and the Scottish Government do not take the actions recommended by Transport Scotland there is a real risk we could lose the airport altogether. This would be terrible for Dundee’s prospects as we prepare to welcome more visitors to the city after the waterfront development is completed. I hope those responsible take this seriously and take action without delay.”
Mr McGovern concluded;
“I will be keeping a close eye on progress being made by HIAL, Dundee City Council and others to encourage airlines and passengers to use Dundee airport. Seeing that this happen is crucial for Dundee’s continued regeneration and I will keep the pressure on to ensure that it does.”
Transport Scotland’s analysis of likely demand for improved services can be seen on p.122 of their report, which can be read here: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/strategy-and-research/publications-and-consultations/j301067-00.htm
Jim McGovern slams ‘out of touch’ Autumn Statement
Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has criticised George Osborne’s autumn statement as out of touch with the concerns of ordinary people.
Today’s annual autumn statement has been criticised for prematurely declaring ‘mission accomplished’ on the economic recovery as well as offering little to end the cost of living crisis.
The Chancellor did not promise policies as ambitious as Labour’s plan to freeze energy prices, reform of the energy market nor the dramatic increase in house building committed to by Labour Party.
Alistair Darling questioned the Chancellor about North Sea oil forecasts, who confirmed that the independent expert advice was that oil income and tax receipts were significantly different from those put forward by the SNP. This revelation would see the SNP’s spending plans become untenable without dramatic tax rises in the event of separation from the rest of the UK.
Jim McGovern said;
“George Osborne can announce as many predictions as he likes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and we must be cautious until the evidence for recovery is apparent; for many people that is not the case. The Chancellor’s triumphalism today was misplaced. Announcing ‘mission accomplished’ now is short sighted and premature.”
“Ordinary people are feeling very little benefit from the government’s policies. Families are £1,600 a year worse off since 2010. Though they claim more jobs are being created unemployment remains stubbornly high. This is particularly the case outside of the South East of England; a real economic recovery will see growth across the United Kingdom that places like Dundee will benefit from. ”
“Many people have found themselves in insecure work, stuck on zero hour contracts with their pay being outstripped by increasing living costs and inflation. Public sector pay freezes are causing many dedicated public servants to endure a time of financial hardship. The disastrous changes to welfare have seen those affected by the cost of living crisis further hurt.”
“The government have offered too little to help. Labour’s plan to freeze fuel costs and fundamentally reform the energy market goes far beyond what the Tory-led coalition has promised. It takes the clout of a nation the size of the UK to achieve such wide ranging reforms in the face of opposition by major multinational energy companies, which is why the SNP have been all but silent on the matter.”
“It is vitally important that people in Dundee bear in mind the confirmation we heard today that independent forecasts for North Sea oil are far below those touted by the SNP. The separatists’ figures do not add up. Alex Salmond would lead Scotland down a blind alley with no plan and no means to pay for his many promises. That is the key matter when it comes to the referendum and the risk it poses for the people of Scotland”
“Dundee needs the economic recovery promised by the Labour Party. We need a recovery based on increasing pay, making work more secure and bringing down the costs of living. This can only be achieved by introducing the living wage, taking on zero-hour contracts, freezing energy prices, reforming the energy market and our pledge to build one million new homes over the next parliament. Dundee needs to know its government can pay for its promises. Only a Labour government in Westminster supported by a Labour administration in Holyrood can achieve these ambitious aims.”