In the year since the modern Industrial Strategy was launched, £45 billion has been committed to support local infrastructure, research and development, and businesses to back high-skilled jobs in communities across the country.
While there is much political uncertainty in the short term, I like to take a longer and optimistic view. Having a forward vision and getting things right for the long term as opposed to only having instant ‘quick wins’ is something I believe in. Transport in particular is something that requires long term planning and investment although it can involve short-term pain as improvements are undertaken.
I hope that everyone is enjoying a peaceful Christmas. As I write on the 20th of December, tens of thousands of air passengers are trying to fly out of and into Gatwick Airport, and are having a terrible start to the Christmas holidays due to the dangerous and criminal actions of drones being flown within the airport grounds. This is without question a truly despicable act and I hope that the perpetrator(s) have the book thrown at them with the maximum sentences applied. It will also be very stressful for staff at what is one of the busiest times of the year at the airport.