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government to avoid the third runway: Brackenbury
Residents Association is concerned about traffic congestion, noise
from overflying aircraft and pollution.
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The consultation about the future
of the air transport has just closed on the 30th June with TUC's
support. With 69 affiliated unions, TUC represents nearly seven
million working people.
TUC responded last week to the consultation saying that "the
demand for air travel will grow strongly over the next thirty
years. The result will be that London and the South East will
need three new runways by 2030. Taking into account all the evidence,
the TUC believes that Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick will each
need one new runway. It is clear that expansion at Heathrow should
The West London airport must remain the UK's hub airport, says
the TUC, as it suggests a slight alteration to the sitting of
the proposed third runway to preserve the historic centre of Harmondsworth.
It says also that any increase in capacity at Heathrow must be
within the current constraints on night flights. To ensure that
greenhouse gas emissions targets are met, the TUC also proposes
the introduction of a tradable emissions quota system across all
The trade union says that the Government should opt for three
new runways at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted to secure 80,000
new jobs for London, the South East and the East of England, and
guarantee that the UK remains at the heart of future air travel
The TUC remembered "that environmental and community organisations
may be unhappy" at the idea of the region gaining three new
runways, but says that the costs of doing nothing, or not doing
enough, are too awful to contemplate. Unless the UK can expand
its airport capacity, there is a danger, warns the TUC, that airports
in Germany, France and the Netherlands will lure airlines away,
with a devastating effect on UK jobs and the UK economy.
New runway would mean demolition of 3,000 homes and a new flight
path over Brentford, Chiswick and Hammersmith. Residents in Hammersmith
are also concerned about traffic congestion, noise from overflying
aircraft and pollution. The Brackenbury Residents Association
has responded to the consultation urging government to avoid any
option that involves a third runway or further capacity increases
TUC also says that simply building new runways will not be sufficient
on its own and that the UK will only remain at the forefront of
aviation travel if rail links to all airports in and around the
capital are enhanced.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'The future prosperity
of the UK and the South East are heavily dependent on the ability
of our aviation industry to grow. If limits are placed on UK airports'
growth, business will simply go elsewhere. Too many jobs and too
much investment are at stake to allow the brakes to be put on
TUC South East Regional Secretary Mick Connolly said: 'With the
growth of low-cost airlines, more people are travelling by air,
more frequently, than ever before. The Government's own figures
show that a block on expansion could see the cost of air travel
rising beyond the reach of ordinary working people, and a loss
of 73 million passenger journeys. This cannot be allowed to happen.'