West London Business (WLB), the chamber of commerce for West London, today welcomed Heathrow’s submission to the Davies Commission.
The airport has outlined its revised plans for a third runway, as one of the options chosen by the Government appointed panel.
Frank Wingate, WLB’s Chief Executive, said that the new proposals showed that Heathrow had listened to the concerns of local communities and business groups and responded with serious efforts to address issues such as noise, pollution and traffic congestion.
“We have consistently supported expansion at Heathrow as the most sensible, affordable and logical solution to the UK’s need for more hub airport capacity,” he said, “but always within certain environmental and social conditions. Heathrow has gone a long way to meeting concerns about compensation, noise mitigation and surface traffic overload, with a set of positive policies of engagement.”
“This means all the economic benefits of Heathrow, relating to hundreds of thousands of jobs, employment, local supply chains and inward investment, which are critical to West London’s continuing economic success can still be enjoyed, while mitigating the negative effects of expansion,” he added.
“Now we need the Commission to recognize this, and the politicians to act upon the conclusions with determination and decisiveness.”