Calls to take another look at third Heathrow runway
January 11th, 2012 by elisa

Now that high speed rail has got the go ahead, there have been calls for the government to take another look at building a third runway at Heathrow to link to the London to Birmingham rail line.

The GMB union has called for politicians to re-look at building a third runway, as it claims it will be much less time consuming and expensive than starting from scratch on an airport hub in north Kent or the Thames estuary.

The CAA‘s Aviation Policy for the Future report concurs with the need for a new runway in the south east of England, as it warns that customers will face increased airfares and less choice on international routes if one is not built.

Mick Rix, GMB national officer for the civil aviation industry, said “This go ahead for HS2 is welcome but it should be extended to Heathrow. GMB calls on all political parties to reopen the issue of the third runway at Heathrow.

“The site for a third runway at Heathrow is adjacent to the existing runways at the airport. Those with expertise to operate an international hub already live in West London. The transport links are mostly there already.

“Heathrow’s worldwide destinations are already decreasing, due to capacity constraints, which have not been addressed by successive governments. New runways at many European hub airports are already taking Heathrow business.”


What do you think about the case for a third Heathrow runway being re-opened? Is it good or bad?

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