Heathrow Airport

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th January 2018.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable Leader of the Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of additional daily trips on the public transport network arising from expansion at Heathrow Airport.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

In October 2017 the Department published within its Updated Appraisal Report: Airport Capacity in the South East, details of the estimated surface access trips for both highway and public transport trips for each of the airport expansion options as inputs to its non-flight carbon assessment.

Details of the estimates for annual public transport trips for the Heathrow Airport options are set out in the following table:

Annual public transport trips by passengers and employees at Heathrow, DfT17 central forecasts (millions)

Public transport trips

2026

2030

2040

2050

No Expansion

41.3

43.6

48.8

53.4

LHR Extended Northern Runway

51.1

58.1

64.5

70.4

LHR Northwest Runway

51.1

60.1

66.6

73.4

Source: Department for Transport: Table A.4 Updated Appraisal Report: Airport Capacity in the South East (October 2017)

As part of the surface access requirements in the draft Airports National Policy Statement, Government has specified that any applicant must submit a surface access strategy as part of any Development Consent Order application.

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