Airport Connectivity

MQT on 2017-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2017
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What plans does the Mayor have to improve aviation connectivity and increase runway capacity in the Capital regardless of whether or not a third runway at Heathrow actually happens?


Answer for Airport Connectivity

Answer for Airport Connectivity

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My draft Transport Strategy emphasises the importance of improving sustainable surface access links to six London airports.

I also recognise that there is a need for new runway capacity to support jobs and growth. However, I remain of the view that a third runway at Heathrow is the wrong answer for London and the UK. I set out my concerns about the impact of expansion, notably on noise, air quality and surface access, in my response to the Government's consultation on then National Policy Statement (NPS) on Heathrow expansion in May.

By contrast, a second runway at Gatwick is more affordable, deliverable and can secure comparable economic benefits without the severe environmental impacts of an expanded Heathrow.