Too small for purpose – a typical London road near Heathrow – Liveblog

Harlington High Street is a narrow road with a single lane for each way of traffic. It is the secondary road that connects Heathrow Airport to most of north west London. Apart from a steady stream of car, van and other vehicle traffic the road also connects 3 bus routes.

One part of the road (near its end with Heathrow Airport) is particularily narrow because of on street parking spaces for residence. The result is an even further narrowing of the road to just a single lane for both sets of traffic. This is what happened in the space of just 30 minutes…

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INTERVIEW: Letting Britain Fly

Source: Martin Roell
Source: Martin Roell Flickr (CC by SA 2.0)

The campaigns of the three options put forward to the Airports Commission may be going into overdrive to get their points across to the wider public, but elsewhere in the lobbying landscape, there are people who aren’t too concerned about what Sir Howard Davies recommends, as long as he recommends that it’s done. “We simply want a quick decision on air capacity expansion, guided by the Airports Commission’s final recommendation.” Gavin Hayes of  Let Britain Fly tells me at the lobbyist’s brand spanking new offices in a rather prestigious West London postcode. “Let Britain Fly is airport neutral. We’re not going to take a view on which is the best option for airports expansion.” says Hayes, a veteran campaigner and director of the air capacity expansion group. Continue reading

Campaigners against Gatwick term consultation period ‘too short’

London has been gearing up for the battle of the airports for quite a while now. In case you haven’t heard of this yet, let the video below show you what you’ve been missing out on:

Four West Kent parish councils have called for more time to put together their answer to a public consultation to air quality.

A recent study looked at the air pollution levels near the airports between November 2014 and February 2015 and the Airports Commission has given  campaigners three weeks to prove air quality has declined near Gatwick. Continue reading

Heathrow V Gatwick in 4 graphs

Running an airport is big business. Millions of travelers pass through London every year.

Connecting traffic accounts for one third of passengers at Heathrow. At Gatwick, this number stands at less than 10%.

70% of passengers using Gatwick originate from within the UK, and 40% passengers using Heathrow are Britons.

Where do they go? What airlines do they prefer. Here are four charts from 2014 that tell us this. anna.aero crunched some numbers for us.

  • Top 15 airlines at Heathrow by passenger seats where British Airways dominates the flight path

Top 15 Airlines at Heathrow by passenger seats (millions)

 British Airways most popular with Heathrow passengers

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: How bad is the noise under the Heathrow flight path?

Things had gone a little quiet on the Heathrow third runway vs Gatwick debate over the past couple of months, but things are set to change. Now that the General Election is done, and David Cameron – the man who famously said “No ifs not buts, no third runway at Heathrow” – is back in Number 10, the debate about air capacity expansion looks set to kick off in earnest once again. Continue reading