New cost estimates show extending the runway at Heathrow is the cheapest option for airport expansion

New detailed cost estimates have revealed that Heathrow Hub’s independent proposal to extend the Northern runway would cost significantly less than Heathrow Airport’s plan for a third runway.

The new analysis, submitted to the Department for Transport, shows the cost of our scheme has reduced to £9.7 billion, a third less than Heathrow Airport Limited’s own estimate for their third runway of £15.6 billion.a

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Our Proposal

Heathrow Hub is the smart and independent solution to UK airport expansion, one of three options shortlisted by the Airports Commission.

Led by Captain William ‘Jock’ Lowe, Concorde’s longest serving pilot, this practical solution could quickly and safely increase Heathrow’s capacity. Our scheme is the least disruptive and would avoid exposing any significant new communities to noise, potentially minimise environmental and local impacts and provide an opportunity for early morning noise mitigation over large areas of West London.

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An Extended Runway

Our independent proposal extends the existing northern runway westwards away from London, meaning there would be no need to build a third runway.

The lengthened runway will then be divided in two, with a 650 m safety zone in between, to create two in-line runways, allowing aircraft to simultaneously land on one and take off on the other. This provides the same much needed new capacity as a third runway.

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Why Heathrow?

  • Heathrow is vital to our economy, directly responsible for 1 per cent of UK GDP

  • Heathrow is a major UK employer, directly supporting around 100,000 jobs.

  • Heathrow currently connects the UK to 180 places in 85 countries

  • 75 million passengers arrived at or departed from Heathrow in 2015

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