1ST - 9TH OCTOBER 2012


2012 sees Transport Times collaborating with Birmingham Airport and Cubic Transportation Systems on dynamic aviation policy fringe events at the Conservative and Labour party conferences.

Both fringe events are free of charge and are located outside the secure zone so attendees will not require a pass to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Mon 1 Oct, 13:00-14:00 The Radisson, Richter Suite, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP


Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Shadow Transport Minister;
Prof David Begg (Chair), Chief Executive, Transport Times;
John Morris, Public Affairs Director, Birmingham Airport;
Jonathan Williams, Business Manager, Cubic Transportation Systems

Tues 9 Oct, 08:30-09:30 Jurys Inn, Room 115+117, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ


Stephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport;
Councillor Daniel Moylan, Hon. FRIBA, Aviation Advisor to the Mayor of London, Transport for London; Prof David Begg (Chair), Chief Executive, Transport Times;
Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport;
Jonathan Williams; Business Manager, Cubic Transportation Systems

The Government has recently published its long awaited aviation strategy but, controversially, without inclusion of its position on new hub airport capacity which will instead be the subject of a ‘call for evidence’ in the autumn.

The new draft policy framework addressed the question of improving reliability and reducing delays at Heathrow, provided incentives for noise reduction and included plans for a £500m western rail link to Heathrow. It also wants to support regional airports to make more use of their existing capacity and has also promised liberalisation of the aviation market to allow and encourage foreign airlines en route to other countries to stop off at Stansted or Luton to pick up passengers.

Our fringe event will debate the following key aviation issues:-

  • Will the government deliver on increased hub capacity before the next election?
  • Can a third runway at Heathrow offer a long term capacity solution post 2035?
  • How could a Thames Estuary airport be financed?
  • What are the implications for Heathrow if an alternative hub airport is built?
  • How insurmountable are the objections to a Thames Estuary airport: cost of new surface transport to the taxpayer, catastrophic bird strikes, proximity to Schiphol airspace?
  • Is a hub and spoke model really the best future aviation strategy for the UK?
  • Could a package of measures (e.g. increased regional capacity, mixed mode operations at Heathrow, mode shift on to HSR, re-legislating on Gatwick to allow pre-2019 expansion etc) replace the need for new hub capacity?
  • Can a cross-party political consensus akin to HSR be formed to allow for a long term strategy?