Apr 29 2013

Bob Says: Heathrow’s Third Runway Case Doesn’t Add Up


Bob Blackman, the MP for Harrow East, has spoken in favour of creating an airport to the East of London, citing that a third runway at Heathrow would be disastrous for local residents.

Speaking at an anti third runway rally in Richmond, Bob told the strong crowd of supporters why he believed that another runway would be bad for Harrow and bad for London. Under the current outlines for a third runway the number of flights across Harrow would rise.

The event, organised by Conservative MP Zak Goldsmith, was attended by a number of Cabinet Members and London MPs, including the ex-transport Secretary Justine Greening and Energy Secretary, Ed Davey. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also addressed the crowds, once again praising the merits of his suggestion for an island airport in the Thames Estuary.

Bob Blackman said: ‘The case for a third runway at Heathrow just doesn’t add up. The airport is sited in the middle of West London’s residential suburbs and we should not continue to compound the problems of a 1940s planning failure. It is vital that London maintains its position as aviation hub and the need to increase airport capacity is beyond doubt. Doing so at the expense of people and the environment is not the right solution though and it is time that serious consideration is given to an island airport to the East of London’.

The Government has commissioned Howard Davies to lead a review into airport capacity in the UK. The review will report in the summer of 2015 and will suggest where it believes increased airport capacity should be delivered. It is believe that some options will be discredited in a mid-term review at the end of this year.

Source: Bob Blackman, MP

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