FROM HOUNSLOW COUNCIL ON THE THIRD RUNWAY
third runway would probably
mean a flightpath directly over
living in the London Borough of Hounslow are
the worst affected by the noise, pollution
and congestion caused by Heathrow Airport.
A third runway will mean that the whole borough
will be under the flight path, affecting every
resident with aircraft noise and pollution.
The number of flights will increase from 480,000
to 655,000 with a plane passing over Hounslow
every 60 seconds.
ARE THE PLANS FOR THE THIRD RUNWAY?
July 2002, the Government began the consultation
on the future of air transport with the
document ‘Government Consultation on the
Future Development of Air Transport in
the UK: South East’. This document sets
out a number of options for increasing
runway capacity in the South East and
considers in some detail the possibility
of a third runway at Heathrow. The closing
date for the consultation is the 30th
new runway will be 2000 metres long to
be built south of the M4. The current
two runways are 4000 metres long.
aircraft will be confined to the new runway
pushing heavier and noisier aircraft onto
the existing runways.
existing runways are used in single mode.
The new runway will be used for both take
off and landing.
least 260 properties and around 230 hectares
of Green Belt Land will be destroyed to
build the runway. This area is in the
borough of Hillingdon, home to Heathrow
DOES THE GOVERNMENT WANT TO EXPAND?
The Government believes it will have economic
benefits for the whole country.
The government estimates that an additional
runway will create 49,000 more jobs. However
there is no indication that these jobs
will go to local people. It is also thought
that the number of jobs will decrease
in 2030 due to automation/mechanisation
at the airport.
capacity will mean that more people can
fly for cheaper fares.
will benefit with quick, easy and cheap
national and international travel.
ARE THE OTHER OPTIONS?
to three runways at Stansted.
A new airport at Cliffe on the north Kent
coast with four runways.
A new airport at Alconbury in Cambridgeshire,
mainly for freight.
WILL A THIRD RUNWAY MEAN FOR HOUNSLOW?
New parts of the borough will be under
the flight path, which means that more
than 200,000 residents will have to deal
with greatly increased aircraft noise,
which is already at an unacceptable level.
Flights serving the third runway will
be flying directly over Chiswick and Brentford.
These areas are not currently under flight
path but do already suffer from noise
from the flight path over Kew. With the
third runway the noise will be intensified
and constant especially when aircraft
Isleworth, Hounslow, Heston, Cranford
and Feltham are already under the flight
path but will nevertheless suffer from
an increase of aircraft noise. This will
be mainly due to larger, noisier aircraft
flying to and from the existing runways.
However noise from the third runway will
also affect these areas.
The consultation document opens the door
to landing and take offs on the existing
runways, which means that the Cranford
Agreement (no departures over Cranford)
would have to be scrapped as would runway
alternation. At the moment one of the
existing runways is used for departures
and the other for landings. Having both
take offs and landings on one runway will
intensify noise nuisance considerably.
The regulation of night noise is dependent
on the result of the Government’s case
in the European Court. The Government
appealed against the European Court’s
ruling on night flights. If night flights
were allowed to continue this would have
serious consequences for Hounslow.
a new runway 35,000 people living near
the airport will be exposed to unacceptable
levels of nitrogen dioxide. Hounslow is
already one of the most polluted areas
in the UK, with nitrogen dioxide levels
exceeding those in central London.
of the Feltham, Bedfont and Hanworth will
experience higher levels of nitrogen dioxide,
which could lead to higher respiratory
illnesses in the area.
to 10,000 homes could be lost in Hounslow
if the Government takes the view that
it is acceptable to compulsory purchase
properties due to unacceptable levels
of pollution. Some of these properties
may be in the Cranford area but the Government’s
document is not specific where.
least two additional rail links will be
necessary, a cross rail link through central
London and a shuttle service between Ealing
and Hayes Gateway. No funding has been
secured for these links, which means that
the runway could proceed without these
links. This will exacerbate overcrowding
on the Piccadilly Line and local roads.
of the A4 will have to be buried in a
tunnel to allow aircraft to cross over
to the new runway.
link will have to be built within a tunnel
from the M3/A316 to Hatton Cross.
Hounslow will be gathering information on the
effects the additional runway will have on
the borough and will be identifying issues
that will need to be brought to the Government’s
attention. Residents can fill in survey cards,
obtainable from all libraries in the borough,
or express their views on Hounslow
Council's on-line questionnaire.
CAN YOU DO?
Contact your local MP or MEP and let them know
what you think.
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Tel. 020 7219 5623
Fax. 020 7219 2233
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Tel. 020 7219 2819
Fax. 020 7219 0985
Evans, Member of European Parliament (Labour)
Labour European Office, 16 Charles Square,
London N1 6HP
Tel. 020 7253 1782
Fax. 020 7253 9614
you are involved in or know of a special interest
group please pass on this information.
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