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Campaign for Better Transport responds to Government airport expansion announcement

10 December 2015

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the announcement that the decision on the new runway in the South East has been delayed pending further work on environmental impacts, including air quality, noise and carbon emissions.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said: "While the Government is right to consider properly the impact of airport expansion on pollution and the environment, we are disappointed that it has accepted the case in principle for a new runway without looking at alternatives, including a frequent flyer levy that would avoid the need for expansion at all.

"The cost of sufficiently improving surface access to avoid unacceptable congestion and pollution would be so high as to make airport expansion unaffordable. If the Government were truly serious about emissions and noise, it would abandon these plans for a new runway in the South East."

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

Notes to Editors:

1. 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).

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

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