Statement by the First Minister on today's Heathrow announcement.
“It is crucial the people of Wales share the benefits of this major national infrastructure project. I fully expect a fair allocation of landing slots at the expanded airport and urge the UK Government to deliver the Western Rail Link to Heathrow by the 2024. The new link, alongside the electrification of the rail line to Swansea and modernisation of the north Wales mainline and Cardiff Central station, will ensure the people and economy of Wales benefit fully from the expansion of Heathrow. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
“We will also work to ensure that Wales receives the consequentials to which it is entitled to under the Barnett formula. Although today’s announcement is welcome, we continue to press for Air Passenger Duty (APD) to be devolved to Wales.”