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Heathrow third runway: 5,000 new jobs, 25,000 more flights - and a congestion charge

Heathrow Airport says it will create 5,000 new jobs over the next five years if it gets approval for a third runway. It also plans a controversial congestion charge and a ban on night flights before 0530.

The airport revealed radical expansion plans today ahead of a possible third runway that could open in 2025. The plans will be subject to consultation and Government approval.

It will also spent tens of millions of pounds on insulation and other measures to help reduce nose for residents.

Heathrow wants a third runway Credit: ITV News

Overall flight numbers will rise by 25,000 a year with four million more passengers. The airport says new technology will allow this without causing more delays for existing flights.

The airport says the measures will help keep Britain competitive after Brexit with new links from airports in the UK and around the world and it will help boost the economy.

The measures are dependant on a third runway being approved. Gatwick, meanwhile, wants its plans approved - for a second runway - rather than Heathrow.

Heathrow's flight path passes over homes in Berkshire Credit: PA Images

While the restriction on night flights will be welcome the 25,000 extra flights a year will be seen as extra noise and misery for hundreds of thousands under the flight paths by critics.

Here are the main points from the proposals to be implemented by 2021 ahead of a third runway being approved. Full details will be revealed at the Tory conference on Monday.

  • Estimated 5,000 new jobs.
  • £1.5 billion pound boost to the economy after Brexit.
  • 25,000 extra flights a year. New technology and better use of existing runways will achieve this.
  • Four million extra passengers a year.
  • Congestion charge considered. This could be a new drop-off charge, increased car parking charges or a scheme similar to congestion charging in London. This is to help reduce emissions, fund new public transport initiatives and ensure fifty per cent of passengers arrive by public transport by 2030.
  • No night flights before 0530 which is an hour later than at present
  • £60 million spent on noise insulation for homes under the flight path
  • New monitoring equipment to ensure noise levels are not broken.
  • Better facilities for cyclists, electric cars and green transport.


New protest over airport expansion plans

Campaigners against new runways at Heathrow and Gatwick have been staging a new protest ahead of a government decision, expected in October. They held an Olympic style event with Heathrow awarded a pair of Gold ear defenders for making the most noise

It's claimed noise at both airports will massively increase if the plans are approved. A new opinion poll for Windsor and Maidenhead Council reveals 38 percent of local people oppose a third Heathrow runway with 34 percent supporting it. The rest said they had no preference.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

'No 3rd Runway' campaigners protest on eve of Heathrow's 70th birthday

Dozens of campaigners have staged a noisy but peaceful protest at Heathrow today against plans for a third runway at the airport.

The Government is considering two options for expansion. But it's claimed the 18 billion pound scheme would be an environmental disaster.

The protest comes on the eve of the airports 70th birthday. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Campaigners against Heathrow's expansion stage protest

Protestors release balloons against plans for third runway Credit: ITV News Meridian
Campaigners protest on eve of Heathrow's 70th birthday Credit: ITV News Meridian

People campaigning against plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have held a protest today on the eve of the airport's 70th birthday.

Critics say if it's given the go-ahead, the noise would be a disaster. 70 red 'No 3rd Runway' balloons have been released from the Green in Harmondsworth, the historic village that is threatened if a new runway is built.

Protestors release 'No 3rd Runway' balloons Credit: ITV News Meridian


Heathrow campaigns for another runway

Heathrow is campaigning for another runway Credit: ITV

Arguments saying why Heathrow should be expanded will be outlined today. It's Chief Executive is due to state why the site is right for another runway. Last week the Transport Secretary was urged to commit to a clear timetable of when a decision will be made.

Gatwick expansion 'would deliver economic benefits'

Gatwick Airport says expansion there is the only way forward Credit: ITV

Gatwick Airport has responded to the Transport Committee Third Report 2015-16: Airport expansion in the South East.

The Transport Committee’s astonishing statement that the arguments ‘for and against airport expansion have changed little in a quarter of a century’ ignores the significant change within the aviation industry following the break-up of the BAA monopoly in 2009 - and the worsening of air quality in the UK which has repeatedly halted Heathrow’s plans in the past.

In one key respect, however, the committee is right to say that nothing has changed - Heathrow is still undeliverable. Fortunately, there is now a credible alternative at Gatwick that can mean Britain finally gets on with it.

The opportunity to end decades of delay and false starts can only be achieved by giving the green light for Gatwick expansion. Gatwick is the only scheme which can actually deliver the economic benefits airport expansion would bring without the dramatic and unacceptable impacts on noise and air quality.

– Gatwick Airport

New report: another runway would not mean more noise and emissions

A new report claims another runway would not mean more noise and emissions Credit: ITV Meridian

There was fury under the Heathrow and Gatwick flightpaths today after a new report said another runway would not mean more noise and emissions.

It's claimed new environmentally friendly planes, changes to the way they fly and more people travelling by train will lead to no worse effects for hundreds of thousands of people.

But campaigners against expansion say it's utter nonsense.

ITV Meridian spoke to John Stewart from the Against Airport Expansion group, and Peter Hind from the Independent Transport Commission.

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