Aviation Noise

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What have you done to reduce the number of households affected by aircraft noise in London?


Answer for Aviation Noise

Answer for Aviation Noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Minimising the number of people affected by aircraft noise is an absolute priority when looking at where the UK should increase its aviation capacity. This is set out in both the Government's Aviation Policy Framework and the Airports Commission's recently published sift criteria.

I, in partnership with the west London boroughs, successfully opposed the previous government's efforts to build a 3rd runway at Heathrow. Such expansion would further blight the lives of hundreds of thousands of local people who already suffer terribly from noise disturbance as well as introducing many more new people to the impacts of aircraft noise. I have also called on the Government to develop a new independent noise monitoring regime for Heathrow, similar to that which exists in other European cities. In response to the Department for Transport's recent night flight consultation, I have called for a ban on all flights between 11pm and 7am at Heathrow with an understanding that transitional arrangements would apply as a new hub airport was built elsewhere. I am also keeping a very close eye on the potential changes to operations that could arise from any proposals to permanently introduce operational freedoms at Heathrow following the recent trials.

The only credible solution, that would allow the seemingly conflicting priorities of providing the hub capacity that he UK economy needs whilst minimising the environmental impacts to be reconciled, is to establish a new hub airport, away from densely populated areas. That is why I have commissioned TfL to undertake detailed feasibility studies of possible locations for a new hub airport serving London and the south east to submit to the Airports Commission in the summer.