Heathrow expansion over Poyle branded “silliest suggestion yet”

from the Slough Observer:

A report published on the expansion of Heathrow Airport has been branded ‘the silliest suggestion yet’.

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Policy Exchange, a leading political think tank, has published a report outlining what it believes is the most cost effective method of expanding Heathrow, which it said was a better option than building a new airport hub in the Thames Estuary.

However, the suggestion to build four runways and a new terminal to the west of the current airport site, has been slammed by councillors.

Royal Borough councillor John Lenton, representing Horton and Wraysbury, said:

It would completely obliterate Horton, Colnbrook and Poyle and parts of Wraysbury and would be built over the busiest stretch of motorway this side of the Atlantic.

It is the silliest suggestion I have seen yet. The disruption costs while the project takes place would be mind boggling.

The proposed runways would be built over the M25 and would involve filling in Wraysbury reservoir – a site of special scientific interest – and building over the Poyle Industrial Estate and homes in Colnbrook, Poyle and Wraysbury. Slough Council cabinet member, councillor James Walsh, representing Colnbrook with Poyle, said:

Heathrow needs the expansion, but I think the better idea would be to go to the Northolt site.

We cannot lose Heathrow as Slough could lose up to 75,000 jobs as a result because companies like HTC and Amazon would likely leave.

Slough Borough Council has supported the expansion in the past.

The report dismisses the Northolt option as well as expansion at Gatwick and Stanstead.

The additional runways would be aligned east-west and be grouped in pairs. There would be three terminals, an underground car park on the Wraysbury reservoir site and a transport hub linking the airport to central London and west England by rail.

The report also outlines an estimated doubling of the capacity of Heathrow to 140m passengers a year, and an ‘ad hoc’ estimated cost of £10bn for the project, paid for by those using the system rather than Government funding.

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