Gatwick Airport

Transport written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effect expansion at Gatwick would have on runoff water levels in West Sussex and surrounding areas in cases of severe weather; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

This Government established the independent Airports Commission to identify and recommend to Government options for maintaining this country's status as an international hub for aviation. Although a Gatwick airport option has been shortlisted by the Commission for further examination, its final recommendations are not due to be published until the summer of 2015.

The environmental impacts of any proposed infrastructure development that might result from this process would be considered as part of the preparations for the detailed planning process to which the project would inevitably be subject, were it to go ahead.

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John Byng
Posted on 5 Mar 2014 11:54 am (Report this annotation)

So that means the possibility of flooding will be considered after a decision is taken about whether to build an extra runway at Gatwick.

Gatwick Airport is on a flood plain and it might be better to think about the implications of that before deciding where to build a new runway.

And it is far from clear that any new runways are needed. We have many airports that are hugely under used. The only full airport is Heathrow and that is only full so that the airlines can maximise their profits by forcing their passengers to drive from Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter etc instead of providing those passengers with flights locally. Clearly we need more jobs but not in the South East. Flights should be provided at regional airports that need the jobs and have the capacity.