Gatwick Second Runway Proposals For Public Consultation
Gatwick Airport has opened up its suggested plans for a second runway for public consultation.
The consultation opened on Friday, 4 April, and will last for six weeks, ending on 16th May.
The proposal, called ‘Gatwick Obviously’, claims to be the only option for expansion in the South East, and that “expansion at Gatwick could deliver the most economic growth with the least environmental impact”.
In addition to a full online report, the airport is also setting up exhibitions across the local area. These exhibitions, which will be hosted by Gatwick Airport representatives, will be held on the following dates and locations:
- Crawley on Saturday 5th April
- Rusper on Monday 7th April
- Smallfield on Tuesday 8th April
- Ifield on Wednesday 9th April
- Lingfield on Friday 11th April
- Felbridge on Saturday 12th Apri
- Epsom on Tuesday 15th April
- Crowborough on Thursday 17th April
- East Grinstead on Tuesday 22nd April
- Reigate on Wednesday 23rd April
- Crawley Down on Friday 25th April
- Horley on Saturday 26th April
- Charlwood on Monday 28th April
- Dorking on Thursday 1st May
- Edenbridge on Friday 2nd May
- Horsham on Saturday 3rd May.
Full details, including times and venues can be found at http://www.gatwickairport.com/business-community/New-runway/Public-exhibitions/
The airport has put forward three different proposals for the new runway, all of which see the new runway positioned in the south, running parallel to the existing runway.
The new Gatwick runway, which is expected to cost £7bn, has been designed by Architect, Sir Terry Farrell.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport, is hoping that many local residents and businesses will look at its three options and feedback their thoughts and opinions.
London Gatwick believes it is the obvious choice for expansion, especially given its £1bn investment in the last four years, and a further £1bn over the forthcoming years to improve the entire passenger experience – from fast track check-in, improved security, family and disabled facilities and technology such as Google Street maps of the airport.
The airport is investing heavily in new routes - already flying to 45 of the Top 50 European destinations - as well as increasing its long-haul services, which includes the breakthrough low-cost flights to New York with Norwegian Air.
In a bid to secure the support of local residents, the airport has invested in many schemes, including a £3,000 grant for local home owners towards double glazing and insulation, a council tax reduction of £1,000 pa and improving airport facilities to accommodate quieter, more environmentally-friendly aircraft.
Late last year, the Airports Commissions, an independent review headed up by Sir Ian Davies, announced its first suggestions for combatting the air capacity problem in the South East by looking at expanding either Gatwick or Heathrow. Expansion to other South East airports was ruled out, along with a possible new hub airport being built in the Thames Estuary.
The final decision is expected to be announced after the next General Election, in 2015. However, should Gatwick be successful in its bid to expand, construction will not be able to start until 2019 due to a legal agreement in place that prohibits any expansion at the airport until after this date.
To view the full proposal, visit http://www.gatwickobviously.com/