Accumulative maps of air noise

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please publish accumulative noise maps of air noise for Greater London so that we can see the true impact of aircraft flying over the capital.


Answer for Accumulative maps of air noise

Answer for Accumulative maps of air noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Noise maps showing aircraft noise contours around Heathrow and London City Airports, as required by the European Environmental Noise Directive, are available on the DEFRA website.

I agree that these do not present a complete picture of aircraft noise over London. The GLA supported some exploratory analysis, by consultants Bureau Veritas, of how aircraft flightpaths over London have been growing, and this is available on

However, under current arrangements, detailed work would be the responsibility of central government, in conjunction with the airport operators. I will write to the Minister requesting production and publication of such information.