London Mayor’s consultation on UK airport capacity invites public comment
London mayor Boris Johnson is asking airlines, businesses and the city’s residents for their views on the alleged airport capacity shortage. The London Assembly set up its own call for evidence in December. The deadline for comment is 28th February, and there are public meetings on 15th January and 6th February at City Hall, when a range of witnesses will be questioned. On 15th January, John Stewart (Chair of Hacan and of AirportWatch) and Cait Hewitt, Deputy Director of the Aviation Environment Federation, will be questioned. Some of the issues being considered are economics, airport infrastructure, airspace, surface access, environmental impact and deliverability. The London Assembly intends this to produce their findings by May 2013, which will be submitted as their evidence to the Davies Commission.
London mayor opens up airport debate
London mayor Boris Johnson is asking airlines, businesses and the city’s residents for their views on how to solve the airport capacity shortage.
Johnson has unveiled a set of criteria which will be used to whittle down the possible options for adding capacity in the south-east.
Proposals include the mayor’s own idea for an airport in the Thames estuary dubbed “Boris Island”. Johnson has also been vehemently against any expansion at Heathrow including a third runway at the airport.
The categories drawn up cover issues such as economics, airport infrastructure, airspace, surface access, environmental impact and deliverability.
“Anybody remotely serious about protecting the ability of the British economy to compete with our global rivals knows that this country desperately requires a multi-runway hub airport of the kind being built in huge numbers around the rest of the world,” said Johnson.
“My team has drafted a set of criteria that we believe can provide a firm basis for establishing which of the proposals would provide the best possible solution.”
The consultation on these criteria will run until February 8 and once they have been formulated they will be used to create a shortlist of possible solutions. Those proposals on this shortlist will then be subjected to feasibility studies by engineers.
Once these studies have been completed they will be submitted to the Davies Commission, which has been set up by the government to look into how to improve hub airport capacity. [ The Airports Commission (= Davies Commission) website says: ” The Airports Commission examines the need for additional UK airport capacity and recommends to government how this can be met in the short, medium and long term.” and “A panel of 6 experts will take forward vital work to examine how the UK’s status as a leading global aviation hub can be maintained”.
The London Assembly’s transport committee is also holding its own investigation into airport capacity which will include two public meetings on January 15 and February 6 with the aim of producing its findings by May 2013.
The Davies Commission now has a website, at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/airports-commission
London Assembly investigation into airport capacity
London Assembly. Public meeting Tues 15th Jan, as part of its investigation into air capacity in London & SE: http://www.london.gov.uk/media/press_releases_london_assembly/week-ahead-london-assembly-104 The venue is Chamber, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions
Meeting details at http://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=173&MId=4653
The London Assembly say:
“We need your input to help us examine the issue of airport capacity. Whether you are an aviation expert, a resident living under the flight path or a business leader or just live in London, please email your written evidence or views to email@example.com or via post to City Hall.”
Greater London Authority
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2AA
Investigation into airport capacity will examine the arguments for and against changing existing capacity in London.
Have your say
We need your input to help us examine the issue of airport capacity. Whether you are an aviation expert, a resident living under the flight path or a business leader or just live in London, please email your written evidence or views firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to City Hall.
Public meetings on airport capacity will be held on 15 January 2013 and 6 February 2013. If you would like your evidence or views used to inform these please provide by Wednesday 9 January. Otherwise submissions will be accepted until 28 February 2013.
The London Assembly’s Transport Committee has launched an investigation into airport capacity in London, and calling for the views of Londoners, including aviation experts, business leaders, environmentalists, to submit evidence.
The investigation aims to:
- Examine the arguments for and against changing existing airport capacity in London including analysing current capacity and current and future estimates of demand for air travel;
- Explore the different options for addressing airport capacity in the short, medium and long-term including the scope for more rational use of existing airport capacity; and
- Set out findings in a written submission to the Government’s independent airports commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, by May 2013.
Read the full scope of our investigation:
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