Below is a press release by Gatwick Airport for information purposes only:
Some 320,000 people will be newly impacted by noise if Heathrow expands. Gatwick has published a map showing the new areas that would be flown over, including the densely populated London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Richmond upon Thames.
- People living in the area outlined in red will be most affected by noise in 2050 with a two runway Heathrow.
- People living in the area outlined in blue will be most affected by noise in 2050 if Heathrow builds a third runway.
- Populations living in the areas between the red and blue outlines will be newly flown over should Heathrow build a third runway.
- The modelling has been compiled using Airports Commission data.
Version of the map with the local area broken down by parliamentary constituency.
Gatwick has also published a map today showing the new areas that would be flown over, including in the densely populated London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Richmond upon Thames.
In total, new areas in 16 local authority boroughs will be flown over that are not currently. The full list of authorities is:
· Bracknall Forest
· Hammersmith and Fulham
· Kensington and Chelsea
· Kingston upon Thames
· Richmond upon Thames
· South Bucks
· Windsor and Maidenhead
The ‘It’s time to make yourself heard’ leaflet asks residents around Heathrow to sign up in support of Gatwick’s case for a new runway as far fewer people would be affected by noise, and it could be built in just ten years with considerably less disruption to local residents. Unlike Heathrow, Gatwick Airport has also never breached EU and UK annual air quality limits and would be able to operate within legal limits with an increase in aircraft from a second runway.
The leaflet also points out that users of the M25 would also face major disruption if Heathrow expanded as the motorway would need to be squeezed into a tunnel to build the new runway over it, with UK taxpayers likely to foot the bill.
Alastair McDermid, Airports Commission Director, Gatwick Airport, said:
“Some 320,000 people will be newly impacted by noise if Heathrow expands. In contrast, if it was to remain as a two-runway airport Heathrow’s noise footprint would actually reduce because of new quieter aircraft.
“As we reach a crucial phase of the Airports Commission process, we would encourage all interested residents to have their say and respond to the national public consultation into airport expansion. People can also sign up to support Gatwick’s case to build a new runway.”
Those wishing to respond to the Airports Commission’s consultation or sign up to support Gatwick, can do so by visiting www.gatwickobviously.com
The Airports Commission’s consultation closes on 3 February.
In comparison to the 320,000 people newly over flown with a third runway at Heathrow, 18,000 people would be additionally affected by noise if Gatwick built a new runway.