New Prime Minister and Heathrow Airport

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 27th September 2019.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

Former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said in 2015 that he would: “lie down in front of those bulldozers and stop the building, stop the construction of that third runway,” at Heathrow Airport. Since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, I have called on him to stick to this pledge. Have you?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I remain committed to opposing a third runway at Heathrow given the dire environmental impacts that would result, and I continue to challenge the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement through the courts. Permission has been given to appeal the initial decision, with the hearing scheduled for October.

Heathrow already accounts for more than a quarter of all the people exposed to aircraft noise across Europe, and Heathrow’s own analysis has found that half a million people could be newly affected by noise from a third runway. Mine and Transport for London’s responses to the Development Consent Order application put forward by Heathrow Airport Ltd raise our fundamental concerns about the expansion proposals and their impacts, as well as the issues with the underpinning evidence and assumptions.

If the Prime Minister has forgotten why he has spoken out against Heathrow expansion in the past, I am happy to remind him.