Heathrow Hub criticises R3 plans

Heathrow Hub, the group promoting expansion at Heathrow through an extended northern runway rather than a new third runway, have responded to Heathrow’s latest round of consultation on their expansion plans.

The Hub statement describes the current scheme being consulted on by the Airport  as “a Heath Robinson” plan. They say their extended runway concept “is cheaper, simpler and quieter and was deemed viable by the Airports Commission”.

A spokesman for the extended runway concept, Heathrow Hub said: “It is unbelievable that nearly six years into this process, Heathrow are still producing new ideas. This time, the Airport claims it wants to move the M25 150m to the west, dig the motorway into the ground, cut the runway length and put it on a ramp. But there is precious little detail on how this will be done in practice, or what the implications will be of closing or restricting the M25. There is no detailed breakdown of costs and how these will be passed on to passengers and airlines. It is a Heath Robinson Plan.

“Both Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary and Theresa May, the Prime Minister, are yet again being taken for fools by a major infrastructure provider. They need to demand proper detail from Heathrow and ensure the Department for Transport understand it, rather than letting Heathrow get away with issuing yet more pictures.”

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