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Transport Secretary Justine Greening visited Gatwick today to see how the airport intends to play its part during this year?s Olympic and Paralympic Games and the wider legacy benefits of the Games in West Sussex.
Justine Greening said:
"Our airports will play a key part in the success of London 2012, providing for many the first impression of the country.
"I welcome Gatwick's commitment to invest £1 billion on improving facilities which will benefit visitors to the Games, but will also be something that passengers and travellers to the UK can benefit from for many years to come.
"The Olympics can be a real boost to jobs, businesses and tourism and I am determined that transport will play a full part.?
This morning, Justine Greening attended a Cabinet meeting on the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, chaired by the Prime Minister David Cameron. The meeting focused on how every part of the UK can take full advantage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the unique chance that the country has to sell itself to a massive international audience.
This afternoon, Cabinet Ministers are visiting towns and cities across the UK to see for themselves how businesses, sports facilities, schools and organisations are benefiting from the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With little over seven months before the opening ceremony, the construction phase is 95% complete and the project continues to be on time and on budget. Since work began on the East London site in 2008, £6.39billion worth of contracts have been awarded to over 1500 business in the UK.