Heathrow Airport

Assembly response to High Court’s Heathrow decision

01 May 2019

The High Court has ruled against campaigners challenging the legality of the Government’s decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow Airport. The five challenges included one from a coalition of objectors including the Mayor of London.

In response, Caroline Russell AM, Chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee, said:

“Although the Government’s policy on Heathrow has survived this court hearing, it is still not the right course for London or the environment.

“The Government’s own figures show that the extra traffic caused by expansion will worsen air pollution widely across London, shortening Londoners’ lives. At the same time, 200,000 more people will be affected by noise from an expanded Heathrow.

“In light of the increasing evidence of an escalating climate emergency we again call on the Government to cancel Heathrow expansion plans before more money is spent and more damage is done.”

The Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, said:

 “It is bitterly disappointing that the High Court has made this decision. The London Assembly has long been opposed to the expansion of Heathrow - all advice from the Assembly, protestors and experts seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

“This Committee has consistently raised the issue of the Government’s lack of planning for improving surface transport access to Heathrow Airport, yet the situation remains largely unchanged.

“The Government has persisted with this decision without proper preparation for the influx of people that would be travelling to and from Heathrow by car, train and many other means.

“Added to this pressure is the delay of Crossrail until possibly Spring 2021.

"The Government must now focus urgently on better public transport links to and from Heathrow."

Notes to editors

  1. Caroline Russell AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, is available for interview. 
  2. Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview.
  3. Find out more about the London Assembly Environment Committee.
  4. Find out more about the London Assembly Transport Committee.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Giles Broadbent on 020 7983 4067 (Environment) or Funmi Olutoye on 020 7084 2713 (Transport).  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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