Stopping the Third Runway

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4280
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

If Parliament backs a third runway at Heathrow, will you offer financial support to any council-led legal cases against that decision being implemented?

Answer

Answer for Stopping the Third Runway

Answer for Stopping the Third Runway

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Heathrow expansion remains the wrong answer for London and for the UK. The evidence published by the Government last month as part of its second consultation on the issue highlights the severe environmental harm that will result from a third runway and I will be replying later this month to the call for evidence by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee. I trust that Parliament will evaluate all the evidence presented and conclude that Heathrow expansion cannot be allowed to proceed.

TfL continues to provide technical advice and assistance to local authorities likely to be involved in any legal challenge of the Government's decision. However, any legal challenge can only be made after a Parliamentary vote on the National Policy Statement and subsequent designation by the Secretary of State, expected in mid-2018. At that point, I will determine the appropriate course of action.