Heathrow launches new plans

r3 plan may 14Heathrow has revealed revised third runway plans following a period of consultation on those submitted earlier to the Davies Commission.

The plans aim to generate over 50,000 new jobs in the local area along with another 50,000 elsewhere in the UK, while cutting noise and air pollution. The airport say the updated expansion proposals have been shaped by feedback from local residents and businesses.

Heathrow say their plan would create at least £100bn of UK economic benefits by connecting all of the UK to global growth.

The figures are part of Heathrow’s revised expansion plans that are to be submitted to the Airports Commission. The submission follows discussions with local residents and businesses, the public, businesses around the country, passengers, airlines and elected representatives across the UK’s nations and regions. Heathrow is the UK’s only hub and, says the airport, is the only option that will connect the whole of the UK to new emerging economies, bringing jobs and prosperity to the country.

Heathrow say their plan is deliverable, fundable and will “create a world-class global gateway to make Britain proud”.

Haethrow’s proposals include plans to create 50,000 new jobs in the local Heathrow area, plus a further 20,000+ across London and another 50,000+ across the UK.

Heathrow say the expansion would deliver 40 new direct, daily routes to fast growing economies such as San José, Wuhan and Kolkata, a doubling of cargo capacity – 65% of the UK’s £400bn freight exports already travel via Heathrow, and new rail access to Wales and the West through the Western mainline, the South and South West through Southern Rail Access, and the North through HS2. Total rail capacity would treble from 5,000 to 15,000 seats per hour.

A Taskforce for Regional Connectivity will be established to develop proposals for how regional air links to Heathrow can be improved. Additional capacity will provide space for flights to cities such as Inverness, Liverpool and Newquay.

Since Heathrow’s proposal for a new runway to the north-west of the current site was short-listed by the Commission in December, the airport has been consulting with local communities. They say the feedback identified aircraft noise, air pollution, safety, road-traffic congestion and jobs as the top five concerns. As well as trying to address these concerns in the new plans, Heathrow has put forward proposals which aim to bring maximum benefit to the local and UK economy, adding £100bn of economic benefit to the UK as a whole and creating 50,000 new local jobs.

Key elements of Heathrow’s proposals which reflect the input from local residents and businesses include:

  • Protecting more than 100,000 existing local jobs and creating 50,000 new jobs in the area by providing direct links to emerging markets around the world improving opportunities for exports and inward investment; developing existing local employment, apprenticeships and skills programmes through initiatives like the Heathrow Academy; and by safeguarding land for commercial developments such as office, hotel and conference facilities.
  • Treating those most affected by a third runway fairly by proposing compensation of 25% above market value, all legal fees and stamp duty costs for a new home for anyone whose home needs to be purchased; by working with a panel of local community representatives to develop detailed compensation proposals and consulting this summer on them; by allocating £550m to noise insulation & residential property compensation; and bs Church in their current locations
  • Reducing aircraft noise, lessening impacts for people under flight paths and meeting local air quality limits by encouraging quieter aircraft and routing them higher over London resulting in at least 30% fewer people being affected by significant aircraft noise compared to today; by maintaining the principle of runway alternation which provides significant periods of relief from noise for all communities around Heathrow; and by increasing public transport use through the provision of new rail and bus options as an alternative to travelling to Heathrow by road and by considering the case for introducing a new congestion charge

John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Designate of Heathrow said: “We know that opinion is divided locally about whether a third runway should go ahead or not, but everyone has an interest in making sure that if a third runway does happen it is developed in the best way possible. This is why we have gone to lengths to ensure that local residents’ and businesses’ views have been reflected in our submission. We would like to thank those who participated in the consultation process and have helped shape our plans for a third runway.”

“We believe our submission addresses the top local concerns. Our submission reduces the number of properties that will need to be purchased and the number of people affected by significant noise. We believe our proposed compensation for compulsory residential property purchase is a fair offer. A third runway will provide an additional 50,000 local jobs which will be a significant boost for communities around the airport.”

“Heathrow will continue to work with local communities in order to guarantee that their voices are heard throughout the process.”

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