The implications for UK growth and aviation from the Davies Commission recommendations

Transport Times is collaborating with Birmingham Airport to produce fringe events at the Labour and Conservative party conferences which will focus on national transport infrastructure.  Both of our 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 provided at both fringe events.


Tuesday 29th September 2015

13:00-14:00 , Holiday Inn, Kings Road 137, Brighton BN1 2JF

Room: Ashdown 1


Lilian Greenwood MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (invited)

Prof David Begg, Chief Executive, Transport Times (Chair)

David Winstanley, COO, Birmingham Airport

David Leam, Executive Director for Infrastructure Policy, London First


Tuesday 6th October 2015

13:00-14:00 Radisson Blu Edwardian, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP

Room: Dickens/Thackeray


Robert Goodwill MP, Transport Minister

Prof David Begg, Chief Executive, Transport Times (Chair)

Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham Airport

Stephen Hammond MP

Sir Howard Davies' Airports Commission has published its final report. The commission has been described as a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to secure the UK's aviation capacity for the future.

Of the shortlisted options Gatwick claimed that it could build a new runway more cheaply and less problematically than Heathrow.

Whichever option was to be chosen, it was likely that vociferous protests would be reignited. The Government have announced a further period of consultation on the outcome, but ultimately it must announce a decision: with its slender majority will it struggle to win Parliamentary approval?

Meanwhile the government's devolution agenda will turn the focus on the question of air capacity in the north of Britain. This will in turn reopen the question of whether spare capacity elsewhere in the country is being used effectively.

Our fringe event will tackle the following key issues:

  • Response to the Airports Commission's recommendations
  • City Devolution
  • Should we be doing more to utilise the spare capacity at regional airports?



  • Robert Goodwill MP

    Transport Minister
  • Lilian Greenwood MP (invited)

    Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
  • Paul Kehoe

    Chief Executive Officer
    Birmingham Airport
  • David Winstanley

    Chief Operating Officer
    Birmingham Airport
  • Professor David Begg (Chair)

    Chief Executive
    Transport Times
  • David Leam

    Infrastructure Director
    London First
  • Stephen Hammond, MP