London Heathrow’s Third Runway

Heathrow Airport has revealed its plans to the Airports Commission for a third runway that would either lie to the North, North West or South West of the airport. The third runway according to Heathrow Airport will increase flights from 480,000 to 740,000 per year and will be built at an estimated cost of between £14bn to £18bn.

All three options have certain benefits, whilst northwest and southwest options are Heathrow’s preference. The North-West option is better in comparison with North, as it ends with a lesser impact on residential property. It may cost just a little more and take a little longer to build but it’s one of the preferred options. Harmondsworth Moor, Harmondsworth, St. Mary’s church, Tithe Barn and around 950 homes in Longford will be in danger zone for this option.

The South-West plan is more costly, and is expected to take a longer period to build and also has complexity in construction as it will be built over the M25 and the two local reservoirs. It has a greater advantage of improving the status of local residents. According to this plan a big section of the reservoir, the entire village of Stanwell Moor and around 850 homes will be demolished.

Heathrow airport’s last option is North plan which is cheaper and is estimated to take the least amount of time to construct. This has least advantages and has more noise and residential property impact compared to other two alternatives. Cranford cross – 2,700 homes, Harlington and Sipson will be demolished according to this plan.

Heathrow unveils its key commitments which states that if government favours a third runway plan, Heathrow will reduce delays and disruptions, reduce aircraft noise, connect UK nations and regions  to Global market, and encourage Britain to continue on its path to economic growth and more.

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