Heathrow: The Wrong Choice
Now that Britain has a new Prime Minister, it is time for us to ensure Theresa May rules out a 3rd Runway once and for all.
The decision is likely to be taken towards the end of the summer, so Zac Goldsmith has today written to the Prime Minister and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to highlight once again why Heathrow is a bad choice for Richmond Park and for Britain. He has urged residents to do the same, citing the following arguments:
· The Economy- The Airport Commission Report indicated that any new activity at an expanded Heathrow would be at the expense of other UK airports. A 3rd runway would stifle competition and lead to a monopoly.
· Tax Payers Money- Transport for London believe that Heathrow have underestimated the cost of accommodating the hugely increased demand on road and rail by £18b meaning the tax payer would have to pick up the bill.
· Air Quality- With only 2 runways at the moment, air pollution around Heathrow already exceeds EU limits. An extra runway would add 300,000 extra flights and 25 million additional road passenger journeys a year creating even more pollution.
· Health- Back in 2008, Theresa May said "I will continue to put pressure on the Government over the third runway at Heathrow as an extra 222,000 flights a year would undermine our national targets and seriously damage the health of the local community." This comment is just as relevant to the health of local residents today as it was then.
· Noise- Heathrow is already the largest noise polluter in Europe. With a 3rd runway, over 1,000,000 people could be impacted from its aircraft noise.
· Congestion- A 3rd Runway at Heathrow would add 25 million road passenger journeys a year.
· Deliverability- The legal case against Heathrow expansion is strong, and even if the Government gives a green light to the third runway, both Heathrow and the Government will face years of legal challenges, delaying for years and likely stopping any construction of a 3rd runway entirely.
· All of this, plus the demolition of 1,000 homes, for only 12 more long haul destinations from Heathrow Airport.
Zac has urged others to join him in writing to the Prime Minister and Transport Secretary (details below):
The Prime Minister, Theresa May:
10 Downing Street
The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling:
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road