National Policy Statement - third runway at Heathrow

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2186
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Government recently consulted on its preferred option for a third runway at Heathrow in its 'Draft Airports National Policy Statement'.  If the third runway goes ahead, what is your assessment of the impact on the date London will achieve pollution limit compliance?

Answer

Answer for National Policy Statement - third runway at Heathrow

Answer for National Policy Statement - third runway at Heathrow

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am deeply concerned that the Government's draft National Policy Statement (NPS) supports expansion at Heathrow airport, yet it fails to demonstrate how it can be delivered without impacting on London's compliance with air quality limit values. The draft NPS makes clear that there is a high risk of breaching the limit values if a third runway opens around 2025 as is currently envisaged.

TfL is currently undertaking an independent assessment of the implications of Heathrow expansion for air quality.

We must tackle poor air quality in London for the sake of public health and not simply to achieve compliance with legal limits. As my response to the Government's draft NPS sets out, it is not acceptable for the Government to diminish the valuable air quality benefits I am seeking to deliver by allowing expansion at Heathrow.

My response to the Government's draft NPS consultation can be found at:  https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/aviation#on-this-page-0