Second runway at Gatwick Airport

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2185
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Although I understand you believe a Thames Estuary Airport is the long-term solution to increase London's airport capacity, would you accept that allowing Gatwick to build a second runway would be preferable to delivering no expansion for another decade?

Answer

Answer for Second runway at Gatwick Airport

Answer for Second runway at Gatwick Airport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Expansion at Gatwick clearly avoids the severe worsening of noise and air quality that result from a third runway at Heathrow. However, while it would provide some additional capacity in the London airport system, a second runway at Gatwick would not adequately respond to the economic challenge and would not provide the long term hub capacity that London needs.

Were expansion to be taken forward at Gatwick, it would be essential that the very significant surface access challenge was addressed; capacity is highly constrained on both the Brighton Main Line and the M23/M25 and the airport would need to demonstrate that these challenges have been addressed, which has not been done to date.

The economic benefit to South London promised by Gatwick Airport Limited can only materialise if the roads and railways between them have adequate capacity to meet demand. If not, both airport and non-airport traffic will suffer, to the detriment of the South London economy.