MD806 TfL to undertake additional aviation work

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Date signed: 
16 May 2011

Executive summary

The Secretary of State for Transport announced in October 2010 a review of Britain’s aviation policy. A Scoping Study for the Review has been published for comment. DfT officials have in recent weeks engaged with Transport for London as they prepared the draft Scoping Study. The importance of aviation to London’s businesses, jobs and prosperity means that the Mayor should be fully involved as London’s elected leader, in the formulation of the new aviation policy. To help inform this, the Mayor’s report ‘A New Airport for London’ was launched in January 2011. To respond to the DfT’s consultation and inform further the development of the policy, further work is required to assess issues associated with the Government’s aviation policy review for aviation to, from or within Greater London including but not limited to aviation capacity issues, impacts of proposals and engaging with Government in relation to aviation policies as appropriate. It is recommended that the Mayor direct Transport for London to undertake this work to respond to the DfT’s consultations and any matter ancillary to doing so and delegate his wider powers to Transport for London to do so. The Direction is time limited to 31 May 2012 and will be reviewed at this date.

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