Heathrow Airport has released the results of a new poll of MPs showing growing support for expansion at the Airport.
As the UK serves its Article 50 notice to leave the European Union, the results show a substantial majority MPs think expanding the nation’s hub airport is the most critical infrastructure project to secure the long-term prosperity of Britain’s economy, ahead of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point and the new HS2 rail link.
In the polling by ComRes, Parliamentary support for expanding Heathrow reached a new high, with 77% of MPs now backing the project.
Heathrow expansion is seen by Parliament as the most beneficial infrastructure project for all regions across the UK – ahead of projects specifically located outside of London like HS2, HS3 and Hinkley Point C – and enjoys the support of 83% of Conservative and 74% of Labour MPs.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “The UK has a unique opportunity to reshape its place in the world and an expanded Heathrow is our trump card. By making our nation’s hub bigger and better, we’ll secure a prosperous future for Britain. MPs are clear – Heathrow expansion is the right choice for Britain – and we’re getting on with delivering it!”
Later this year and in addition to the Government’s National Policy Statement consultation, Heathrow will launch its own Phase 1 consultation to gather feedback from stakeholders on options for the Northwest Runway Scheme. The feedback will inform the next phase of design for the scheme which will then be further refined following a Phase 2 consultation in 2018. A final proposal is expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate as part of an application for a Development Consent Order in the summer of 2019.