Friday, July 10, 2009

'Stacking' targets to be needed at London Heathrow

Commons Transport Committee Report out Today
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Today saw the publication of the report into possible advantages and problems posed by the construction of a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Although the MP’s reported that they envisaged advantages in the development, specifically by reducing excessive stacking, they warned against an increase in traffic worsening the problem and made mention of the negative environmental impact this would have.

The committee’s chair Louise Ellman said there should be an enquiry into methods to reduce the quantity of traffic held in suspense above the environmentally sensitive areas surrounding the capital. Ms Ellman expressed concern that current legislation appeared to allow for no limitation of this activity.

The committee comments on both the quantity of aircraft, and the associated noise and pollution levels and stresses that the Government needs to set targets linked to any further development and/or air traffic increase.