heathrow 3rd runway proposal
3 Jul 2015

What are your thoughts on the Heathrow 3rd Runway proposal?

As reported by the Guardian, The Airports Commission has announced that a third runway should be built at Heathrow Airport however, this decision is not without conditions.

If the Heathrow 3rd runway proposal goes ahead it will have to adhere to strict guidelines on noise and air pollution, including a ban on night flights. There will also be legislation put into place to prevent further Heathrow expansion to a fourth runway.

What are the benefits of a Heathrow 3rd runway?

Will delayed flights due to sheer traffic volume be a thing of the past? Not necessarily. The objectives of the third runway are to open up new global markets, connecting Britain to the growing economies around the world. These are namely Asia, and North and South America.

There would be welcome boosts to our economy as a result of the £17bn Heathrow expansion plan. The airport would be set to generate approximately £100bn in economic benefits, as well as creating more than 100,000 new jobs.

What is the downside of a Heathrow expansion?

Every coin has two sides. The flip side of the planned Heathrow 3rd runway is the impact it will have on the surrounding area.  The expansion would mean demolishing 783 homes, including most of the neighbouring village of Harmondsworth

The increase in noise and air pollution are a cause for concern too. It is suggested that with a 3rd runway, Heathrow could become the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the country.

Currently, only 12% of flight travel is directly business related. We could see a fall in these numbers with further growth of the internet and telephone conferencing, as well as companies reducing expenditure on expensive travel. If that is the case do we need another long haul runway?

What do you think?

If the Heathrow 3rd runway proposal does not go ahead will we be left with an infrastructure bottleneck that could hinder our economic growth in the long term?

Are the effects on the environment with noise and air pollution, plus expanding in such a built up area too higher price to pay?

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