Heathrow Expansion (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
March 20, 2013
Question By: 
Kit Malthouse
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Kit Malthouse (AM): Mr Mayor, given that political campaigning and political advertisements are banned on London public transport, do you think it is appropriate for Heathrow to be advertising so as to try to influence the Davies' [Airport] Commission on the Tube at the moment?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Heathrow Expansion (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Heathrow Expansion (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I think it is very interesting that Heathrow are calling for that area to be built on. They are saying, 'Let's build on Heathrow and let's have more runways and more planes coming into London'. I think actually it is helpful that they are raising the issue to public attention. I think people can see what they are trying to do and I think it is also important that we explain the context in which they are making these claims. If you have more planes coming into Heathrow, you increase suffering, noise pollution, which is already endured by 766,000 people in London who already suffer noise pollution above European Union (EU) levels. That is a third of all the noise pollution victims in the whole of the EU. I think Heathrow's campaign is ill-judged by them because it gives us a chance to elucidate the reality of the situation.

Kit Malthouse (AM): Would you also, therefore, as the Chairman of TfL, welcome the other side of the debate being proposed through the advertising hoardings on the Tube?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): We would have to look at whatever advertisements came before us and make sure that we followed the name of the law but we will see what they produce.

Kit Malthouse (AM): OK.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I am content that what the campaign shows is the alarm in Heathrow that they are losing the argument. They are losing the argument about expansion of that airport. They know full well that Londoners will not tolerate a massive degradation of the quality of our lives and they also know that Heathrow does not provide the long term solution. We would be simply compounding a historic planning mistake.