Wandsworth publishes airport poll

Wandsworth Council has published the results of a survey into residents’ preferences for runway expansion at London’s airports, which suggests Wandsworth residents favour Gatwick.

Of the 1500 people questioned, 57 per cent support a new runway at Gatwick compared to 16 per cent who want a new runway at Heathrow. 24 per cent of respondents preferred no expansion at either airport and the remainder were unsure, says the council.

58 per cent agreed that airport expansion in the south of England is now a necessary step.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “The survey results show that Gatwick expansion is by far the most popular option here in Wandsworth. Our residents have sent a very clear message and we will act on it.

“A motion will be put before next week’s full council meeting which would see Wandsworth taking a proactive role in supporting the Gatwick bid. If we take the initiative now we can help shape the transport package that comes alongside the new runway and maximise the benefits for Wandsworth and the south London region.”

Gatwick can be reached by a direct train from Wandsworth’s key station Clapham Junction, whereas a journey to Heathrow by public transport would be long and somewhat tortuous.

A total of 1,559 people responded to the council’s online poll. 1,436 were Wandsworth residents, 71 did not leave a valid postcode and 22 live outside the borough.

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