Heathrow and Night Tube: Londoners feel the noise

15 March 2017
  • Over 700,000 people are affected by noise from Heathrow, more than three times as many as by any other European airport[1].
  • Analysis shows that more than 200,000 additional people will be affected by noise if the third runway is built[2].

The Government has committed to binding targets for noise reduction. How will aircraft noise reduce as the airport expands and flights increase?

How will residents be compensated for noise?

Tomorrow, the London Assembly Environment Committee will question representatives from Heathrow Airport on: their outline of proposals for expansion, air pollution, noise and carbon emissions.


Environmental impacts of Heathrow expansion: from approx. 11:30am. The guests are:

  • Matt Gorman, Director of Sustainability and Environment, Heathrow Airport
  • Andrew Chen, Emissions Strategy Manager, Heathrow Airport
  • Simon Birkett, Founder & Director, Clean Air in London Campaign
  • John Stewart, Chair, Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN) Clearskies
  • Jenny Bates, London Campaigner, Friends of the Earth

The Committee will also examine tube noise and the impacts of the Night Tube. The meeting will hear from residents and explore complaint handling, mitigation by maintenance and engineering and action going forward.

Tube noise: approx. 10:00am-11:30am. The guests are:

  • Richard Collins, Chair, Barbican Association Working Group on London Underground
  • Luce Jacovella, resident, Euston
  • Ian Kitson, resident, Marylebone
  • Liz Lawson, resident, Archway
  • Helen Woolston, Sustainability Co-ordinator, London Underground
  • Duncan Weir, Head of Operational Upgrades & Asset Development, London Underground

The meeting will take place on Thursday 16 March from 10:00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.  

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyEnv throughout, #tubenoise for the first section and #Heathrow for the latter section.

Notes to editors

  1. Discussion Paper 05: Aviation Noise, Airports Commission, 4 July 2013.
  2. The Airports Commission Report Follow-up: Carbon Emissions, Air Quality and Noise - Seventh Report of Session 2016–17, House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, 7 February 2017.
  3. Leonie Cooper AM, Chair of the Environment Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  4. 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 officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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