Wandsworth support extra runway

heathrow freight planesWandsworth Council have formally acknowledged the need for aviation capacity expansion around London, while backing Gatwick as the location.

A Full Council meeting backed a motion that accepted the economic case for an increase in the nation’s aviation capacity, agreeing that “opening up additional air routes to other parts of the globe is good for growth and good for the UK economy”.

Their preference for Gatwick is based on their belief that Wandsworth residents would prefer expansion at the Sussex airport, and that Wandsworth could have much to gain from Gatwick’s expansion – the council thinks an extra runway at Gatwick would drive investment in rail services “through south London into the heart of Battersea”.

The objections to expansion at Heathrow are based mainly on increased noise. Heathrow argue that with their expansion to the North West of the existing airport, coupled with anticipated improvements in aeroplane technology, noise pollution would decrease for most West London residents.

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