Airports National Policy Statement and surface transport costs

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-06-21
Session date: 
June 21, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1458
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) says: "Where a surface transport scheme is not solely required to deliver airport capacity and has a wider range of beneficiaries, the Government, along with relevant stakeholders, will consider the need for a public funding contribution alongside an appropriate contribution from the airport on a case by case basis." What are the implication of this on the Transport for London (TfL) budget?

Answer

Answer for Airports National Policy Statement and surface transport costs

Answer for Airports National Policy Statement and surface transport costs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I remain gravely concerned by the surface access proposals for an expanded Heathrow. An expanded Heathrow will result in 170,000 additional daily passenger and staff trips - as well as around 20,000 freight trips. Yet the only committed transport investment is for the diversion of roads to accommodate the enlarged airport.

It is negligent of the Government to seek to allow expansion to proceed without any investment in additional rail infrastructure and instead relying on improvements we have planned in London to manage existing growth, not to accommodate the development of Heathrow Airport.

If the Government persists in taking forward a third runway at Heathrow - and is not prepared to seek a full contribution from Heathrow Airport Limited for the public transport schemes it requires - then it should fall on the Government to make up the shortfall.