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  • Sharma hosts business breakfast meeting in Parliament with Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    importance of the sub region as an economic power house Speakers also included Tim Smith Business Director for the LEP Joanne Harper Designate Principal at UTC Reading and Nigel Townley Engineering Director for Cisco Systems Sponsor Employee of UTC Reading Berkshire has high concentrations of knowledge based businesses compared to the UK with the IT sector being a particularly strong employer However Joanne and Nigel focused on the need of a systemic change to address the economic drag caused by skills shortage in the areas of science technology engineering and maths as well as a fragmented service to young people in need of support The objective is to reduce long term youth 16 24 Not in Education Employment or Training NEET across the sub region by delivering the LEP s ambition for the next generation workforce Finally Cllr David Lee Public Sector Director for Thames Valley Berkshire LEP spoke on how the City Deal which aims to ensure that young people can access local job opportunities in a seamless transition from education to employment is an example of a new way of working set out on the recent Heseltine report on economic growth The key infrastructure priority in the City Deal proposal is to speed up the delivery of a Western Rail Access link to Heathrow which has already secured the commitment of 500m from government Further achievements from Thames Valley Berkshire LEP were showcased including the second tranche of Local Pinch Point funding released to tackle road congestion with Thames Valley Berkshire authorities gaining six approvals out of their nine bids totalling 13 3 million and investment of 7 3 million of Growing Places Funds capital to create the TVB Funding Escalator with the commercialisation and expansion schemes already subject of 32 enquiries for a total of 2 09m

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  • Sharma welcomes multi-million pound Government investment to alleviate congestion on pinch points in Reading West | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    for Reading West today welcomed an announcement by Patrick McLoughlin the Secretary of State for the Department for Transport that the government would provide almost 3 5 million in funding to help alleviate congestion in Reading West constituency at two of the town s most notorious pinch points The announcement includes funding to widen a 650 metre stretch of the A4 in Calcot to improve access to Junction 12 of the M4 and the removal of a series of bottlenecks on the A33 route into Reading The funding comes from a 170 million Local Pinch Point Fund programme announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the 2012 Autumn Statement to remove bottlenecks on the local highway network which are impeding growth Alok Sharma said I am delighted the government will be providing the money to fund these essential projects in my constituency Congestion on Reading s roads has plagued many of my constituents for years and so this funding will come as a welcome relief to individuals and businesses alike Alok continued This announcement reflects the government s commitment to supporting economic growth by tackling barriers on the local highway network that are restricting the movement of goods and people and is further recognition of Reading s vital contribution to the wider economy The projects in Reading West included in the announcement are A4 Calcot The project involves improvements to a notorious traffic congestion issue in the Calcot area of Reading This part of the A4 serves as the main access route to from the M4 junction 12 to the residential areas of western Reading The project involves widening the road to provide an additional westbound traffic lane over a distance of 650m The opportunity will also be taken to make best use of the existing carriageway space to

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  • Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Sharma welcomes Theale Station upgrade announcement Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed an announcement by First Great Western that 2 9 million improvement works to Theale Station are set to begin in October Read more Sharma welcomes 180 000 revitalisation of Pangbourne station Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Friday 26 April 2013 visited Pangbourne Station with First Great Western to mark the completion of station improvements and a car park ex Read more Sharma has preview of new Reading train station Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West was on Friday 15 March given a preview of what it will be like inside the new Reading Station before the new entrances and bridge open on 2n Read more Sharma and Theale s Future welcome announcement of access improvement at Theale station Alok Sharma Reading West MP and Roger York Chairman of Theale s Future which is a sub committee of Theale Parish Council have welcomed Rail Minister Norman Baker s announcement on Tuesday 6th D Read more Sharma and Bale welcome announcement of extra car parking spaces at Pangbourne station Alok Sharma Reading West MP and Pamela Bale Pangbourne District Councillor have welcomed First Great Western s announcement on Monday 28th November that Pangbourne

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  • Sharma chairs public meeting in Theale on sewage | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    May 2014 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Thursday 1 May 2014 chaired a public meeting for residents in Theale about problems relating sewage The Lambfields site in Theale has for a number of years had problems with sewers flooding which has required large tankers to park for long periods of time and pump sewage out During recent wet weather some roads in Theale were affected by sewage flooding and some properties also suffered sewage back ups Tom Medcalf Operations Manager at Thames Water Andrew Hagger Thames Water s wastewater modelling manager Huw Thomas Local and Regional Government Liaison Officer at Thames Water and Ashley Book from Thames Water Operations were present at the meeting to answer questions from residents and to provide an update on improvement works taking place Councillor Alan Macro was also part of the panel During the meeting Thames Water confirmed that the recent persistent rain had put pressure on the water network but that Lambfields in Theale had been identified as a priority area for improvement It was agreed at the meeting that Thames Water would Upgrade the pumping station to increase the efficiency of the existing pumps which should reduce the need to rely on tankers Provide special sealing plates on manhole covers to divert surface rainwater from waste water system to prevent the sewers from overflowing Clear any pipes that are known to be blocked Carry out a CCTV survey to identify any further problems or defects in the pipe system Alok Sharma said I was happy to organise and chair this latest meeting to help keep local residents updated on how Thames Water is managing the problems related to sewage Thames Water were able to confirm that improvement works are due to start in June and I hope

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  • Thames Valley businesses reject new estuary airport | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    of airport capacity in the UK was attended by around 50 business leaders located in the Thames Valley region During the debate a straw poll was conducted on support for a new airport being built in the Thames Estuary and not a single attendee indicated support Alok chaired the panel discussion which was sponsored by Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Medway Council and Kent Council in the prestigious Churchill Room in Parliament Also on the panel with the MPs were Nigel Milton Director of Policy Political Relations for Heathrow Airport Alastair McDermid Airports Commission Director at Gatwick Airport Frank Wingate Chief Executive of West London Business and Steve Lamb Chair of Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership There was a lively debate on the future of airport capacity in the UK with each of the panel members summarising their arguments in five minute speeches before taking questions from the audience Alok Sharma said I was pleased to chair this important debate in Parliament on the future of airport capacity in the UK What was clear from this event is that the business community across the Thames Valley is unequivocally opposed to a new airport to the east of London that would lead to the eventual closure of Heathrow Airport Alok continued Given that current projections from the Department for Transport indicate that we will have reached capacity in the South East by around 2030 I would be happy to see both Heathrow and Gatwick airports expand However I very much hope that the Airports Commission will consider the views of Thames Valley businesses when it publishes it proposals next year and will not make any recommendations that would ultimately lead to the closure of Heathrow Steve Lamb Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Chairman said Heathrow is a critical economic driver

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  • Reading West MP welcomes revised expansion plans published by Heathrow | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Reading West MP welcomes revised expansion plans published by Heathrow 13th May 2014 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has today welcomed the publication of a revised expansion plan published by Heathrow Airport for submission to the Airports Commission Heathrow today announced an improved plan to expand the UK s hub airport that will create more than 100 000 new UK jobs and at least 100bn of UK economic benefits Heathrow has stated that the revised plan will mean 40 new direct daily routes to fast growing economies such as San José Wuhan and Kolkata Doubling cargo capacity to improve UK export competitiveness Rail capacity into Heathrow trebled from 5 000 to 15 000 seats per hour The third runway will be located further south meaning 12 000 fewer people will be affected by significant noise New section of M25 to be tunnelled and upgraded alongside the existing section increasing capacity and reducing congestion without disrupting road users Alok Sharma said The continued success of Heathrow is absolutely vital to the economic future of Reading and the wider Thames Valley area I welcome Heathrow s revised expansion plan which would provide more than 100 000 new jobs and add at least 100bn of economic benefits to the UK Alok continued The western wedge area around Heathrow already accounts for ten percent of UK

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  • Sharma visits Heathrow to discuss airport expansion plans | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    in rebuilding the airport to make it more efficient and better for passengers and learn how local Reading based companies had been involved in the Terminal s redevelopment In recent years 1billion a year of private money has been invested in improving Heathrow Two companies from Reading have been awarded sizeable contracts for work relating to the redevelopment of Terminal 2 totalling around 6 7 million BSS Group based in Whitley received contracts relating to drainage valves and pressurisation units whilst Astec Projects Limited based on Kings Road has received contracts for external cladding glazed screens suspended ceilings and insulation Around 220 employees at Heathrow airport live in the Reading area During the visit Alok also heard about Heathrow s proposals for expansion and discussed the impact this would have for Reading businesses The plans could mean an additional 260 000 flights per year and would increase the number of routes available to India and China Heathrow currently operates at 98 capacity which means there is no room to serve the growing international demand for flight connections Heathrow is permitted 480 000 flights a year All four of Heathrow s competitor European hub airports Paris Frankfurt Madrid and Amsterdam have enough runway capacity to serve around 700 000 flights per year each There are growth market destinations with daily flights from other European hubs that are not served daily from the UK including destinations such as Manila Lima and Chongqing Alok Sharma said As a champion of local businesses looking to export I think Heathrow s proposals to expand do offer some exciting opportunities for future growth It is concerning that in recent years we have started to fall behind some of our European rivals in terms of direct connections to high growth economies such as India and China so

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  • Sharma calls for boost in airport capacity in the south east | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Sharma calls for boost in airport capacity in the south east 28th October 2013 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West speaking in Parliament last week called for an expansion in airport capacity in the south east of England at the earliest opportunity In a House of Commons debate on the future of aviation strategy on Thursday 24th October 2013 Alok spoke about the need for the political parties to show a bit of backbone and to implement the recommendations the Airport Commission when it publishes its final report in summer 2015 whatever those recommendations might be Making the case for an expansion in airport capacity Alok explained that the lack of certainty is bad for business and investment and that other European rivals such as Frankfurt Schiphol and Charles de Gaulle are all getting ahead in the global race that we want to win Pointing out the severity of the situation with regards to the lack of available capacity Alok pointed out that more flights leave Frankfurt for cities in China in a week than leave Heathrow for the whole world in a weekend That must tell us something Alok encouraged the Airport Commission to consider all the options and to not shy away from imaginative ideas such as the proposals by the Centre for Policy Studies which talks about doubling capacity from two to four runways and suggests that that can be done at no cost to the public purse However Alok did make clear his support for keeping Heathrow open He said the one thing I would find disturbing in any final recommendation would be a solution that ultimately led to the closure of Heathrow That would be bad news for business and jobs Highlighting the economic benefits that Heathrow

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