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Heathrow announce a delay!


You may have read in the press a week before Christmas that Heathrow have altered the opening date for a 3rd runway from 2026 to “early 2028 to late 2029”, following a ruling by the CAA capping their pre-planning approval spending at £1.6bn, rather than the £3bn they sought approval for. The CAA raised concerns that if HAL were permitted to spend £3bn, costs would fall on passengers should the runway not be given planning approval.

Here is some more information from the No 3rd Runway Coalition:

CAA ruling

Heathrow have altered the opening date for a 3rd runway from 2026 to “early 2028 to late 2029”, following a ruling by the CAA capping their pre-planning approval spending at £1.6bn, rather than the £3bn they sought approval for. The CAA raised concerns that if HAL were permitted to spend £3bn, costs would fall on passengers should the runway not be given planning approval. It is encouraging that even the regulator expresses a loss of confidence in the project.

Further, this fresh delay means that the tiny (as we know, possibly negative) economic benefit that the new runway would bring by 2030, will now be even smaller. The Government previously said that a key reason they chose the Heathrow North West runway scheme, as opposed to Heathrow hub or Gatwick, was that it would bring new economic benefits the fastest. On this basis alone there should be a review.

Noise data flaw

Data used to calculate the impact to Survey of Noise Attitudes 2014 has been found to include inappropriate survey sampling, in a report by Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise, because it had only considered populations that had already experienced high levels of aviation noise, rather than communities that had been impacted for the first time, or communities that had been exposed to a greater intensification of noise. We are hoping to obtain some press coverage on this in coming days.

General Election

The General Election result last week gives Boris Johnson significant power over this decision. Just three days before the vote, he said on multiple national media channels that he remains opposed to a third runway, citing the “challenging” legal positions. See this piece from ITN https://www.itv.com/news/london/2019-12-09/heathrow-s-controversial-third-runway-could-be-blocked-according-to-boris-johnson/. We will be working with key people around Mr Johnson as well as launching our NEF Report looking at regional impacts of Heathrow expansion. This fits well with Mr Johnson’s northern infrastructure narrative.

Legal challenge

A quick word on the verdict from the Court of Appeal – the courts are now in recess until 13th January, but we are to expect a verdict any time from then. It is thought to be a good thing that proper time is being taken to reach a verdict.


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