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Third runway at Heathrow will jam up west London, say campaigners

1 July 2015

Responding to the Airports Commission support for a third runway at Heathrow, James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport, said: “The Commission has recommended something that can't be delivered without jamming up the whole of west London.

"Our research shows that the airport is situated in the most congested part of London’s road network and its surface access plans won't be enough to meet demand. The Government needs to realise that Heathrow expansion will put a huge strain on the surrounding road network, especially the M25 and M4 which are both already at bursting point. Improved public transport such as new rail links will be filled by future growth in population and won't have room for the extra airport passengers.

"For this as well as other reasons we believe the Government must ignore the recommendations for further expansion at Heathrow and look at alternatives, including a frequent flyer levy that would avoid the need for any new runway at all."

 

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For further information please contact the Press Office at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6483 or 07984 773 468, or email james.maccoll@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes for editors

1. The Airports Commission's final report is available here.

2. Read our report on surface travel to Heathrow and in the Heathrow area here: Heathrow and Surface Access Stress

3. A fairer frequent fairer levy could replace the air passenger duty and reduce the need for extra airport capacity. Further information is available here.

4. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).