Heathrow - Terminal 5

Meeting: 
MQT on 2001-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2001
Reference: 
2001/0496
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Has the Mayor read the HACAN Report "The Economic Arguments Against Terminal Five", in which the true costs of the proposed new terminal at Heathrow are investigated? Does he agree with the findings of the report that a further expansion of Heathrow's capacity will cause an overheating of the economy in the West of London, as well as having damaging environmental consequences for the area?

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Answer

Answer for Heathrow - Terminal 5

Answer for Heathrow - Terminal 5

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you know the decision on Terminal Five rests with the government not myself. I have not read the HACAN report but will do so with interest. As you know I favour sustainable, not zero, economic growth accompanied by vigorous action to protect the environment because that is the only way to deliver the high quality public services and the rising living standards necessary to lift millions of people out of poverty. Any expansion of airport capacity in the South East, where there are obvious alternatives to Heathrow, must be sustainable, environmentally friendly and matched by adequate public transport links. .