Aircraft noise

MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to MQ 3869/2011, what will you do to help the 725,500 people living around Heathrow which the Civil Aviation Authority estimates are affected by aircraft noise, based on the European standard measure of 55LDen?


Answer for Aircraft noise

Answer for Aircraft noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I recognise the important impact that exposure to noise has on the quality of life of many Londoners. That is why I successfully opposed the 3rd runway expansion of Heathrow, which would have extended the noise impact over a greater swathe of London

The Ambient Noise Strategy sets out my approach to aircraft noise. In addition, I have provided responses to relevant consultations carried out by the airports, the Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) / National Air Traffic Service (NATS) relating to aircraft noise in London. For example, most recently, I responded to the Heathrow Airport consultation on noise mitigation schemes calling for the noise mitigation scheme to be extended to more households.

In addition, looking to the longer term, I have lobbied Government to consider options for new airport capacity which do not directly overfly London or other densely populated communities.