Parliament approves Heathrow expansion

June 26 2018  

Parliament approves Heathrow expansion
Government have won a key vote in the House of Commons yesterday (25 June) by 415 votes to 119 - a majority of 296 - backing plans to build a third runway at London's Heathrow airport and supporting the National Policy Statement.
 
The Statement sets the policy framework for the development of a new North West runway at Heathrow. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the House of Commons that this would provide benefits worth up to £74Bn to passengers and the UK economy.
 
CIHT has consistently called for an Integrated Transport Strategy and the need to increase runway capacity in London and the South East as part of that strategy. The Institution believes that delivering on a strategy for the South East will benefit other UK regions and devolved nations, delivering better and alternative connections to international routes/markets.
 
On 28 March 2018, CIHT published our response to the consultation on Heathrow Proposed Expansion. Whilst acknowledging that the air transport industry faces significant challenges in delivering growth while making a contribution to government efforts to reduce CO₂ emissions, CIHT strongly supports the commitment that “the expansion of Heathrow will not lead to an overall increase in Heathrow related traffic volumes compared to today (2017)” (Heathrow Surface Access Plan)
 
A CIHT spokesperson said:
 
“CIHT strongly supports road user charging to reduce and to manage vehicular CO₂ emissions to the airport. The Congestion Charge and the Ultra-Low Emission Zones implemented in London are useful models and would likely reduce surface movements and encourage cleaner vehicles.” 
 
“Whilst we recognise the need to accommodate large numbers of people arriving at the airport via road transport, there must be a reduction of congestion on local roads for example by introducing an improved parking management plan at Heathrow.”
 
“CIHT believes that major infrastructure projects provide vital opportunities to develop UK skills and calls for Heathrow to integrate professional training and apprenticeships into its construction plans.”
 

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