Transport Select Committee recommends high-speed rail network to support rise in demand for air travel

The controversial third runway at Heathrow Airport has been given a boost today as a cross-party parliamentary committee publishes a report on the future of UK aviation.

The Transport Select Committee argues that the extent to which train travel can replace short-haul flights is uncertain and that British airports must be better connected to compete with other European cities.

It highlights the economic benefits of a third runway at Heathrow, providing there is better access to the airport, and recommends a countrywide high-speed rail network to support the rise in demand for air travel.

However, it argues against a second runway at Stansted, saying that Gatwick would be better suited to expansion.