Heathrow Hub, the independent proposal to extend the northern runway at Heathrow Airport, has received a boost as the Intellectual Property Office, part of the UK Patent Office, granted patent approval for their extended runway arrangement application.
The Heathrow Hub plan involves extending the northern runway at
Heathrow airport to 6,800 metres and dividing it into two with a 650m safety zone.
Heathrow Hub say that this means that should their concept be chosen by the Department for Transport it can be implemented quickly.
They say that since they do not own the airport, their preferred option would be to license or sell the concept to Heathrow Airport for delivery.
Jock Lowe, Director of Heathrow Hub, said: “This is a significant moment: the approval of our runway plan by the Patent Office confirms the viability and commercial application of our design proposal and we are ready to give the country the aviation expansion solution which it requires.
“Our independent proposal – which from its inception has been designed to be politically and socially acceptable – is still very much in the game, being considered by the Department of Transport alongside Heathrow Airport Ltd’s third runway and a second runway at Gatwick.
“There can be no doubt that expansion at Heathrow is in the best economic interests of the entire country and our extended runway is cheaper, simpler and less disruptive than Heathrow Airport’s own third runway scheme. It also brings no new areas into the noise footprint.”
Heathrow Hub also say that “the inadequacies of the case for Gatwick expansion are being exposed”.
They say that “there has been no convincing economic argument made to overturn the Commission’s principal judgement that the greatest benefits to the entire UK would be delivered by expanding Heathrow”.