The GTMC sets out its transport manifesto

The GTMC has set a manifesto of its own in which it lists the transport and trade initiatives it hopes the next government will prioritise following June’s General Election.

It focuses on four key themes, all of which are designed to support economic growth and international trade, and in turn meet the needs of the UK’s business travellers.

Under the first category, the organisation calls for major infrastructure projects to be delivered on time, including the completion of an expanded Heathrow but also calling for more air capacity away from the airport and support for phase 2 of the HS2 rail network.

A second category urges the prioritisation of business travel in the North, including improved surface transport to airports and support for Northern Powerhouse Rail (HS3).

To assist global trade, the government should support new air services to international markets beyond the EU, says the GTMC, as well as abolishing APD to priority export markets and negotiating free trade deals with markets such as the US, China and India.

Lastly, its policy on productivity says the government should deliver free and reliable wifi on all mainline rail services.

"There has never been a stronger need for greater investment in our transport networks,” says Paul Wait, CEO of the GTMC.

"The next UK Government must ensure we have the transport infrastructure in place to deliver opportunities for growth and prosperity both nationally and globally, including the large priority export markets.”

Wait continues: “Our manifesto has one clear aim - to encourage the UK government to carefully consider the key role that transport networks and business travel have to play in safeguarding the future of the UK economy. The government must invest in long-term strategies across aviation, rail, technology, taxation and international trade to ensure that the corporate community is supported and encouraged to realise its full potential and bring valuable investment and revenue to the nation.

"Without those strategies in place we cannot be a strong player in the global economy."