Heathrow Airport Response to Consultation

7 June, 2017

Heathrow Airport Response to Consultation on Draft National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England

Greengauge 21 regards it as vital that Heathrow, the nation’s sole international hub airport, is fully connected with the national rail system as it expands. Rail developments and runway/terminal arrangements need to be planned together, with the airport’s expansion through the North West Runway matched by a step-change in rail network connectivity: coordination cannot be left to chance or to uncertain funding arrangements.

On 25 October 2016 the government announced its support for a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport. The government believes a new north-west runway at Heathrow will strengthen and develop the UK’s links with the rest of the world, and offer improved opportunities for tourism and trade.

The government recently ran a 16 week public consultation on the draft Airports National Policy Statement – which sets out the policy that applies to decisions on whether major infrastructure projects can go ahead.

Greengauge 21 has developed a full response to the consultation, which can be downloaded here: Draft Airports National Policy Statement Consultation response