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Economic analysis, based on the independent Airports Commission’s conclusions, shows an expanded Heathrow will add up to 8,400 more jobs(1) and up to £8 billion (2) in economic growth to Wales, providing new opportunities to people from every part of the country.

A third runway will lead to better connections from Wales to the rest of the globe, with up to 40 new long haul routes from Heathrow (3) – enhanced by the Western Rail link that is backed by the Welsh Assembly. That means more visitors to Wales, more destinations for Welsh tourists and more opportunity for Welsh businesses to reach new export markets.

Together with the Welsh Assembly, we can help to deliver a plan for prosperity.

Our Strategic Partnership with the Welsh Government

In March 2017 we signed a Statement of Intent with the Welsh Government to help Heathrow expansion maximise job creation in Wales and create manufacturing and supply chain opportunities for businesses across the nation. Key objectives in the Statement of Intent include:

  • broadening and seeking new supply chain opportunities in Wales to help meet the operational objectives of Heathrow Airport;
  • exploring the possibility of locating off site manufacturing logistic hubs in Wales to support delivery for the 3rd runway;
  • explore the eligibility of potential flights between Wales and Heathrow to be funded through the proposed Heathrow Route Development Fund.

This new partnership is a sign of our commitment to ensuring Heathrow expansion delivers tangible benefits for every corner of Britain and we are looking forward to working closely with the Welsh Government and Welsh businesses to make it a success.

Better rail connections

In the future, Welsh passengers and businesses will benefit from better connections to Heathrow and the rest of the globe. HS2 will reduce journey times to the airport with the interchange at Crewe providing a link to the UK’s High Speed Rail for Welsh passengers.

In addition, a new Western Rail link between the Great Western Mainline and Heathrow being promoted by Network Rail is expected to reduce journey times from South Wales – journey times from Swansea, Newport and Cardiff are expected to fall by almost 30 minutes.

1. Quod, Regional Distribution of Employment and Economic Impacts, Comparison of employment impacts by region in 2050, link

2. Quod, Economic benefits based on regional proportions applied to the updated UK estimate of £187bn to take into account Government’s latest demand forecasts released Oct 2017, link

DfT, latest demand forecasts, October 2017, link

3. Frontier Economics, Impact of airport expansion options on competition and choice, April 2014, link


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