Heathrow Airport

Department for Transport written question – answered on 30th October 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Conservative, Wimbledon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of surface transport improvements to the rail and road network required for the expansion of Heathrow Airport to comply with environmental requirements set out in the final report of the Airports Commission, published in July 2015.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Airports Commission estimated that the potential costs of the surface access provision for a northwest runway at Heathrow were around £5bn but recognised that the finalised details, and therefore costs, would be determined as part of the statutory planning process.

Heathrow Airport Limited have committed to meet the costs of any surface access proposals that are essential to deliver airport expansion including works on the M25, the A4 and the A3044.

Where proposed surface access projects have wider beneficiaries, such as the Western Rail and Southern Rail proposals, the Government will consider funding a proportion based on benefits for airport users and other beneficiaries in line with our Aviation Policy Framework.

The Government has been clear that as part of any planning application the promoter will need to set out in detail how it would achieve the environmental targets set out in the draft National Policy Statement as part of its plans for mitigating the impact of expansion.

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