by Toby Fox Mon 24 June 2019, 12:09 pm
Gatwick Diamond Initiative executive director Rosemary French OBE called for councils in the Gatwick area and nearby to work together on a "live local, work local" campaign.
“Over a third of our resident working population leaves the Gatwick Diamond every day – that’s over 100,000 skilled workers of which three-quarters work in London,” she said.
“On the other hand over 100,000 commuters come into the Gatwick Diamond to work, of which one third commute in from London. This is clearly unsustainable in terms of unacceptable climate change, road and rail congestions, sustaining our struggling high streets, the personal expense and in terms of family quality of life.”
French said upgrading transport routes into London was important but not sustainable. She highlighted the need for investment in intra-regional transport infrastructure, including the A264, A24 and A27 roads and the North Downs railway line.
She also urged co-operation with the Greater Brighton Economic Board, to encourage Brighton residents to work in the Gatwick Diamond area rather than commuting to London.
“Do they know we have the jobs here - high-paid jobs, creative jobs, high-tech jobs. It fits perfectly into Brighton’s laudable, sustainable agenda,” she said. “Helping more people to reach London is wrong on so many levels.”
French proposed a poster campaign at stations across the region, telling commuters that if they worked locally they would be in bed rather than at the station.
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