Public Footpaths

Department for Transport written question – answered on 2nd December 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk posed by private planes (1) landing next to, and (2) taxiing across, public footpaths.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Licensed or certificated aerodromes are required to adequately signpost any public right of way crossing or bordering a landing area. For unlicensed aerodromes, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published guidance which advises that footpaths should be clearly marked with similar warning signs.

The CAA uses a wide range of information and intelligence to identify and assess any potential risks to safety posed by aviation activity. The CAA does not have evidence to suggest that this issue poses a safety risk that would necessitate additional regulations or guidance.

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