Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry has recently responded to a Transport for London and Network Railway public consultation launched on 14 May this year on underground and rail improvements to substantially improve the London, Stansted, Cambridge corridor.

The Chamber believes that Stansted Airport, on the Hertfordshire boundary, is the potential source of enormous economic opportunity for Hertfordshire businesses in terms of export and import freight, business and leisure travel and inward tourism, which is one of the key drivers of the county’s economy.

The Chamber wholly supports the Crossrail 2 proposed Metro service development (Wimbledon to Alexandra Palace) and the regional rail line (north of London to Seven Sisters and Alexandra Palace and to Tottenham Hale, extending to Cheshunt in Hertfordshire.)

The Chamber’s Chief Executive, Yolanda Rugg, says: “Hertfordshire has enormous capacity for business growth in local, European and Asian markets via Stansted Airport access and such investment and infrastructure improvements will bring considerable benefit for both Hertfordshire and London’s business development as part of reciprocal supply chain and job creation opportunities.”

She says that such improved connectivity is likely to deliver £11bn in economic benefit by 2031.

Yolanda Rugg is asking all businesses in Hertfordshire to support these proposals by writing to the Mayor of London (Mr Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, More London, London SE1 2AA) or responding online at www.tfl.gov.uk/crossrail2. The closing date for the consultation is 3 August 2013.