Village wakes to nightmare scenario as Davies shortlists TWO Colnbrook runways
Colnbrook wakes this morning to find the Davies Commission on Airport Expansion has shortlisted one new Heathrow runway to the north of the village and another through Poyle.
The Airports Commission published its interim report this morning and, as expected, it is bad news for Colnbrook.
Of three options out of 58 considered for additional UK capacity, two are centred on Heathrow. And, out of all of the proposals put forward for Heathrow, those selected are the nightmare scenario for the parish.
Heathrow Airport Ltd’s ‘North-West’ option would span the full length of the village running parallel to the Colnbrook Bypass. It would see the loss of Harmondsworth and Longford villages and see the loss of 1,500 properties.
Heathrow Hub’s proposal to extend and split the two existing runways has been accepted as the second option shortlisted, at least partially. The Commission is interested in extending only the existing northern runway. The proposal would see the destruction of Poyle, including the Industrial Estate. It estimates 720 properties would be lost.
The Commission notes that the Colnbrook runway would perform better than the Poyle runway in terms of the increase in capacity and noise impact.
It has also recommended the Heathrow Hub’s proposal for a new transport hub to the north of the airport, located on the Great Western Line, to support either of the runway options selected.
The second phase of the Commission’s work will begin now. The designs of the short-listed proposals will be further developed and subjected to a more detailed assessment and final recommendations will be made in the summer of 2015.
A second runway at Gatwick was the third option to be shortlisted, while Davies said there was insufficient information at this point to include a Thames Estuary airport on the shortlist.
There will be consultation on the short-listed options in the autumn of 2014.