MPs say build third runway

The solution to the regions aviation crisis is a third runway at Heathrow and not a new airport in the Thames Estuary, according to the Transport Select Committee.

Boris Island: "Pie in the Sky"?

Opponents to a brand new airport in the Thames Estuary have always said it was "pie in the sky" - a project that would never get off the ground. Today, they got support from some powerful voices.

An inquiry by the Transport Select Committee has concluded that proposals like "Boris Island" would cost millions, damage wildlife and force the closure of Heathrow. Derek Johnson has more.

Debate over Heathrow expansion continues

A committee of MPs says Heathrow Airport must be allowed to expand to provide urgently needed air capacity in the south. The Transport Committee said a third and even a fourth runway should be built away from existing terminals to reduce noise pollution.

Earlier we spoke to the committee chairperson Louise Ellman and John Stewart from the Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise.

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A third runway at Heathrow is "necessary"

Heathrow – the UK’s only hub airport – has been short of capacity for a decade and is currently operating at full capacity. We conclude that a third runway at Heathrow is necessary, but also suggest that a four-runway proposal may have merit, especially if expanding to locate two new runways westwards from the current site could curb the noise experienced by people affected under the flight path.

– Louise Ellman, chair of the House of Commons’ Transport Committee

A hub airport would have "substantial impact" on wildlife

Research we commissioned made plain that building an entirely new hub airport east of London could not be done without huge public investment in new ground transport infrastructure. Evidence to our inquiry also showed a substantial potential impact on wildlife habitat in the Thames estuary. The viability of an estuary hub airport would also require the closure of Heathrow – a course of action that would have unacceptable consequences for individuals, businesses in the vicinity of the existing airport and the local economy.

– Louise Ellman, chair of the House of Commons’ Transport Committee

MPs say "build third runway at Heathrow

Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport Credit: PA

The solution to the region's aviation crisis is a third runway at Heathrow and not a new airport in the Thames Estuary, according to the Transport Select Committee.

They say: A Thames Estuary airport would need public subsidy for transport links and is not financially viable. The so-called Boris Island scheme - backed by the London Mayor would have five runways. Heathrow would have to close if it was given the go-ahead.

At Heathrow the MP's say a third runway should be built. They say it is the best place for a hub airport. They are against plans for a fourth runway.

At Gatwick another runway is not ruled out but they say more work is needed.

They also call for a review of Air Passenger Duty.

The Committee has been looking at all the options. The Government is opposed to a third Heathrow runway but have set up a Commission to review the options. Final decisions will not be made until after the next election.

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