Third Runway To Stretch Across M25?

Heathrow Airport has submitted updated plans to Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission which feature a third runway spreading across the top of the M25. Not literally of course. That would be bloody carnage. Literally. The proposals show a third runway, slightly to the south-west of the previously touted location, which extends over a newly tunneled section of the M25. The artists impression shows a very green airport with new buildings galore. You’d hardly recognise it but perhaps that’s for the best. But we think they’ve missed a trick. Surely a quieter plan would be to have the runway underground with the M25 on top? Why haven’t considered that option?

Heathrow has also proposed increasing the compensation for those affected (for example, by having their homes demolished) to £550m. Sounds expensive doesn’t it? Meanwhile, Gatwick has submitted more detailed proposals for its second runway option. No decision on airport expansion will be made until after the 2015 election but with only a year to go, the lobbying is only going to intensify.

* BBC News


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6 responses to “Third Runway To Stretch Across M25?

  1. One thing you may not have noticed – and is certainly not mentioned in the Heathrow plans put to the public – is that the middle reaches of the River Colne corridor would also be subsumed beneath the airport under these plans. The Colne is now linked to the River Crane (as they together comprise Area 10 under the GLA’s new Green Grid scheme) and it is a wonderful wildife corridor in its own right.

    Also subsumed would be part of the upper Duke of Northumberland’s River, which provides a water supply link between the Colne and Crane, and is we believe a major source of the fish and invertebrates now re-populating the Crane following recent pollution events.

    FORCE responded with our concerns to the public consultation on the plans last month.

  2. Rufus McDufus

    I thought only the North Western option had made the short list. Or doesn’t that actually mean anything?

  3. And what happens to the A4 ?

    When I first saw the plans it looked as if it ended in a cul-de-sac under the new Commercial Zone.

    It now looks as if it is sent on a diversion north of Sipson and Harmondsworth and somehow (?bridge / ? tunnel) crosses the M25 to pick up its old alignment.

    A few extra miles on my bike to get to Slough !