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Locals Hate Heathrow’s New Runway But It’s Happening Anyway

Locals Hate Heathrow’s New Runway But It’s Happening Anyway
Jackie Reddy

Opposition to expansion at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) has been fierce. The BBC reports that campaigners who tried to challenge the proposed third runway at the facility have just had their case dismissed. The campaigners say the expansion will have a “severe” impact on the lives of Londoners.

Campaigners who attempted to legally challenge the expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) have had their arguments dismissed, reports the BBC.

A number of municipal governments within the London area plus a host of residents and charities took legal action against the British government in an attempt to stop the proposed addition of a third runway at LHR. They argued that expansion at the facility would have a “severe” impact on the lives of the city’s residents.

However, this argument has been dismissed.

Chris Grayling, the country’s transport secretary, was quoted as saying that, “The expansion of Heathrow is vital and will provide a massive economic boost to businesses and communities across the length and breadth of Britain, all at no cost to the taxpayer and within our environmental obligations. I now call on all public bodies not to waste any more taxpayers’ money or seek to further delay this vital project.”

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has also expressed his opposition to expansion at LHR. Shirley Rodrigues, deputy London mayor for environment and energy, stated on Khan’s position, “In challenging the decision to expand Heathrow, Sadiq has stood up for Londoners who have serious concerns about the damaging impact it will have.”

Speaking on the verdict, Lord Justice Hickinbottom said, “We understand that these claims involve underlying issues upon which the parties – and indeed many members of the public – hold strong and sincere views.”

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  1. ezefllying

    May 1, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    First, as best I can tell, the opposition to a third runway is based only on local environmental and noise concerns (and eminent domain objections by the relatively few who live where the runway would go). After all, if the runway isn’t built and Heathrow’s capacity remains suppressed, long-haul passengers will continue to connect via the Continent and London-bound passengers will increasingly fly into LGW, LTN and STN.

    So, about those local concerns: Does it really give London much benefit to have more flights into those other London airports instead of into Heathrow? Especially when LHR is better suited for larger, higher capacity aircraft with lower emissions per passenger?

    Plus, as anyone who’s flow into LHR lately knows, aircraft are regularly forced to circle over metro London during peak arrival times, while departing aircraft sit on the taxiway — engines running — in long queues. Is that really preferable for London’s air quality?

  2. iflyjetz

    May 1, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    As a pilot, I have never flown into an airport with as tight spacing on approach/landing as LHR. Another runway (two would be better) is long overdue.

  3. RG1X

    May 2, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Hmm… I was onboard with the idea until I just saw that Grayling is backing it.

    Guaranteed to be a disaster now I reckon.

  4. strickerj

    May 2, 2019 at 7:22 am

    I don’t get the constant opposition to airport expansions (and airports in general) – most of them have been there far longer than the people who live near them, so surely residents knew what they were getting when they moved in?

    I’ve also “climate change” used as a reason to block infrastructure expansion, but that’s nonsense – people will still travel, and preventing projects that can increase the efficiency of that travel will ultimately waste more energy (and create more emissions).

  5. BMGRAHAM

    May 4, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    This needs to happen. People are fed up with delayed flights simply because there is no room to land. I bet some of the objectors have complained about this too when they fly and don’t understand their opposition just exacerbates it.

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