Assembly reaffirms opposition to Heathrow Airport expansion

As a number of fundamental issues remain unresolved with expansion, like noise and essential surface transport improvements, the London Assembly has agreed a unanimous motion asserting its opposition to the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

Caroline Pidgeon AM, who proposed the motion, said:

“The case for a third Heathrow runway is based on a number of false claims, such as the myth that there is no spare capacity at other airports in the South East of England, or that long distance international flights can only be via Heathrow.

“But one absolute certainty is that a third runway will create noise disturbance for a further 300,000 people and add to higher levels of air pollution in parts of London where air pollution already exceeds illegal levels.

“We can ensure we retain international connections without following the foolish option of the incredibly expensive third Heathrow runway. A third Heathrow runway comes at a huge price that is simply not worth paying for.”