London’s Mayor opposes Heathrow expansion - Heathrow Airport News

Airport news for Heathrow on 10/03/2008.

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London’s mayor, Ken Livingstone, has spoken out against the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport, publically opposing the addition of a third runway at the country’s busiest airport.

Mr. Livingstone’s statement was made in response to the Government’s consultation paper: ‘Adding capacity at Heathrow airport’. According to the Mayor, there are a number of reasons to oppose the expansion including concerns about the environment, transport, air quality, noise, local housing and finances.

“The Government fails to explain how an additional 48 million passengers will travel to Heathrow without plunging west London into gridlock,” he said.

With regards to the increased carbon emissions which would result from increased air traffic on the third runway, and the effect of such pollution on the health of his constituents, Mr. Livingstone said: “The proposed expansion will put Londoners’ health at risk, a situation which has not been adequately considered or costed within the Government’s proposals.”

Mr. Livngstone is concerned not only about the effect of the third runway on humans, but on the environment as a whole. “The expansion proposal would also lead to the loss of housing and community facilities in the villages of Sipson and Harmondsworth with the loss of at least 700 properties (including 100 listed buildings), Heathrow Primary school and Sipson Community Centre. There would be a significant loss of greenbelt land and there are no proposals to address its replacement, and there will be considerable impacts on bio diversity and nature,” he said.

The Mayor’s rebuttal of the runway proposal draws attention to several gaps in the logic of those who support the expansion and raises many questions that have not yet been adequately considered. His conclusion is simple. “There is no evidence provided in the proposals to suggest that Heathrow’s status as a major airport in Europe will be endangered if expansion were not allowed,” he said.

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