Clause 9 - Operators of areas

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 1st March 2012.

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Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Shadow Minister (Transport) 9:45 am, 1st March 2012

I seek clarification on what the Minister said about Gatwick Express not being part of Gatwick’s RAB. That is extremely helpful. Gatwick is engaged with the Department in respect of the future franchise which runs all the way to Brighton at the moment. That is one of the complaints. As I mentioned on Tuesday, additional international links have recently been built from Vietnam, Hong Kong and China, and passengers coming off these aircraft regularly get to the platforms and find the trains are already very busy. Not being able to get a seat when they travel into London, with all their baggage, is not the best way for international visitors to be welcomed.