Transport written question – answered on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made ofthe effects on aircraft noise over Hammersmith and Fulham if the proposed third runway is built at Heathrow.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Noise exposure estimates for the larger UK airports—including Heathrow with a possible third runway—were published in December 2003 to support the Air Transport White Paper and are in the document Revised Future Aircraft Noise Exposure Estimates for UK Airports", ERCD report 0308, available on the Department's website. They will be reviewed as necessary in the light of further work in hand to assess the prospects for future development at Heathrow, consistent with the conditions laid down in the White Paper.

The document does not attempt to assess noise impacts by individual London borough, but it includes an explanation of the methodology, figures for households and area affected at different noise levels, and diagrams to illustrate the Leq daytime contours for Heathrow under maximum use of the existing two runways and with a short third runway at various traffic levels.

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