Heathrow Airport has unveiled its preferred “masterplan,” which reveals re-routing of the M25 motorway.
This is the launch of the 12-week statutory consultation on the expansion, which will run from 13 September and give the public, businesses and other stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposals for the future layout, including the new runway, and airport infrastructure such as road access.
The public can have their say on the ambitions included within the masterplan regarding managing environmental impacts of expansion; this includes the proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emission Zone, the ban on night flights and the Heathrow Vehicle Access Charge.
According to Heathrow’s masterplan, the airport’s growth will be gradual – the new runway will open in 2026, with the whole masterplan seeing completion in 2050.
This phased growth represents the predicted growth in passengers and will help airport charges remain around the 2016 levels, delivering affordable fares.
Heathrow’s expansion includes plans to divert rivers, move roads and re-route the M25 through a tunnel situated beneath the new runway; illustrations from the architects shows the M25 running in a tunnel underneath the new runway.
Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Director for Expansion, has urged local people to have their say on the plans.
She said: “Expansion must not come at any cost. That is why we have been working with partners at the airport, in local communities and in government to ensure our plans show how we can grow sustainably and responsibly – with environmental considerations at the heart of expansion.
“This consultation is an opportunity for people to have their say on our preferred masterplan, so it’s really important that as many people as possible take part. We look forward to hearing views.”
This represents the largest and most innovative public consultation regarding Heathrow to date; 43 consultation events are expected to be held in the next three months.