Mayor of London figures refute Heathrow claims on aircraft noise

Third runway: Somewhat controversial

Third runway: Somewhat controversial

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Figures published by the London Mayor “blow out of the water” Heathrow’s claim that overall noise levels would fall if a third runway was built, campaigners said.

The figures, part of Boris Johnson’s report on the Estuary Airport submitted to the Airport’s Commission last week, showed Heathrow’s claims assumed the new runway would be operating at only one-third capacity.

They also argued that Heathrow was too optimistic about the introduction of quieter aircraft.

The Mayor’s figures, based on a study he commissioned from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), showed if a third runway was built more than 1m people would be impacted by noise, up from 725,000 today.

Chairman of Hacan John Stewart said: “These new figures from the CAA blow out of the water Heathrow’s claims that a third runway can cut noise levels.

“They could be a game changer as they show that Heathrow still has not found a way to deal with the politically toxic problem of noise.”

The CAA study shows that if a third runway was built at Heathrow people would be disturbed in new areas of London and the south-east.

Heathrow said the number of people within its noise contour fell tenfold since the 70s, despite the number of flights doubling.

It said its modelling showed the number of people within the 55 Leq Heathrow noise footprint would be cut by 45 to 48 per cent by 2030, even with a third runway.

A Heathrow spokesman said: “These significant noise reductions are due to quieter aircraft, the third runway being located farther west, steeper landing approaches, and aircraft landing farther along all three runways.

“In its interim report the independent Airports Commission found that it is possible to add flights while continuing to reduce aircraft noise at Heathrow.”

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8:24am Thu 29 May 14

brentfordian says...

The CAA report underpinning the report has been published at

https://www.tfl.gov.
uk/cdn/static/cms/do
cuments/t-aviation-n
oise-modelling-heath
row-options.pdf

Surely Heathrow should release the information it has, if any, to support its claims ? Information on its assumed flightpaths would help too.
The CAA report underpinning the report has been published at https://www.tfl.gov. uk/cdn/static/cms/do cuments/t-aviation-n oise-modelling-heath row-options.pdf Surely Heathrow should release the information it has, if any, to support its claims ? Information on its assumed flightpaths would help too. brentfordian
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7:32am Fri 30 May 14

dellboy twick. says...

The idea that an increase from 480,000 to 700,000 flights will have no significant effect on noise, pollution and congestion is unbelievable. The only thing benefiting will be BAA's profit margin. If the business traffic into London does actually increase at the same rate that will choke the city centre to a standstill.Don't forget the likes of the CEO of Qatar airways would still like 24 hour flights.Trying to sell a property under the flight path won't be easy either.
The idea that an increase from 480,000 to 700,000 flights will have no significant effect on noise, pollution and congestion is unbelievable. The only thing benefiting will be BAA's profit margin. If the business traffic into London does actually increase at the same rate that will choke the city centre to a standstill.Don't forget the likes of the CEO of Qatar airways would still like 24 hour flights.Trying to sell a property under the flight path won't be easy either. dellboy twick.
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11:09pm Sat 31 May 14

jeremyhm says...

How very good to see "refute" being used in the correct manner in this headline. Usually it is used to mean simply "deny the truth of"."
Congratulations to the reporter.
How very good to see "refute" being used in the correct manner in this headline. Usually it is used to mean simply "deny the truth of"." Congratulations to the reporter. jeremyhm
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