London Assembly statement on Heathrow expansion decision

25 October 2016

The London Assembly has responded to today’s decision by the Government to expand Heathrow airport.

Tony Arbour AM, Chairman of the London Assembly said:

“We are appalled that the Government has decided to give the green light to expansion at Heathrow, despite the vast body of evidence to indicate this will expose Londoners to higher levels of deadly air pollution, intolerable noise and overwhelming congestion. Also, the need for investment in public transport access for passengers and staff will be substantial in order to keep London’s transport network working. The Government has not yet provided nearly enough clarity on whether this investment will be delivered.

The London Assembly has been opposed to Heathrow expansion since 2005 and we have carried out extensive work on the topic. Rest assured, we will continue to monitor air and noise pollution levels and other environmental impacts following today’s outcome.”


Past work from the London Assembly on airport expansion:

Notes to editors

  1. Tony Arbour AM, Chairman of the London Assembly, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  2. 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 Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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