Heathrow release expansion images ahead of final public consultation

How Heathrow could look in 2050. Credit: Heathrow Airport

Images have been released of what an expanded Heathrow Airport could look like if proposals for a third runway are given the go-ahead.

It comes ahead of the start of the third and final public consultation on expansion before a planning application is submitted.

In it, people will be asked for their views on hundreds of thousands of extra flights, the location of where the runway should be built and on the airport's long term goals up until 2050.

It's another milestone in the controversial project which received Parliament backing in 2017.

In March, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and councils went to the High Court calling for concerns about noise and air pollution to be considered but a judge rejected their case.

Hillingdon council, the Mayor and environmental campaigners are currently looking at appealing against the ruling.

Among the images released are this artist's impression of what the airport is calling a 'third space' - a hybrid between indoors and out.

Among the images released are this artist's impression of what the airport is calling a 'third space' Credit: Heathrow Airport

"Heathrow’s expansion is a project of huge national and local significance, and it is critical to our country’s economic growth. An expanded hub airport will allow the country to access more of the world, create thousands of jobs locally and nationally and it will open up new trading routes. But we can’t deliver these plans alone. We urge everyone to have their say in this consultation, to shape our plans, and to help us deliver expansion in the fairest and most sustainable way."

– Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow Executive Director for Expansion

Once the 12-week consultation on June 8th is complete the airport will then prepare its master plan for the Planning Inspectorate which it wants to submit next year.