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  • What is the Heathrow Hub proposal?

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    The concept is very simple. There is no need to build a new, third runway at Heathrow. Instead, we propose to extend the existing northern runway and divide it into two, separated by a central safety zone. The runways could be operated independently, one for departures and one for arrivals.

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  • What is the cost of the scheme?

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    The total estimated cost is £9.7bn, which will be privately funded and zero cost to the taxpayer. The first phase will cost £3.7bn and provide approximately 70,000 additional movements. We estimate that the scheme is up to £6bn cheaper than Heathrow Airport’s 3rd runway.

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  • Is it safe?

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    Yes. It is compliant with ICAO Annex 14. As our runway proposal is a relatively new concept, we have completed a thorough independent safety review with aviation experts and the CAA has conducted its own preliminary safety review.

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  • Which new areas would be affected by noise?

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    Our proposals avoid bringing significant new areas into the noise footprint as they use the same flight paths as those which are currently in operation.

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  • How will residents and businesses be affected by the Heathrow Hub proposal?

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    The area affected will mainly be the Poyle Industrial Estate. We are committed to minimising the number of nearby residential properties affected. The village of Colnbrook will not be affected by our plans.

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  • How will the Heathrow Hub proposals reduce early morning noise and which communities will benefit?

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    By using the runway that is furthest to the west, early morning arrivals noise is reduced over West London. The noise footprint effectively moves 2.4 miles to the west, and affects fewer residents in the early mornings.

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  • How is respite possible?

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    Respite is about flight paths, not runways. We propose the use of two approaches to each runway which alternate at fixed times. One approach is in line with the runway, as at present, the other is offset by about a mile and curves in at about 2 to 3 miles. Modern navigational equipment on aircraft enables steeper and curved approaches and these are already in use at JKF, Stockholm and Frankfurt international airports.

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  • What are your plans for the M25 and will it have to close?

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    We propose moving J14 of the M25 and shifting the carriageway to the West. The new road and bridging works, including 8 lanes in each direction, will be constructed and the central reservation barriers moved. At no point will it close.

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  • What is Heathrow Hub’s proposal for extending night flights?

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    We would not need to extend night flights. In fact, our proposed new capacity means that there is an opportunity to consider their timings and frequency.

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  • Will you meet air quality limits?

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    Yes. The Airports Commission assessed their own highway scheme, and not our proposals. A revised plan has been submitted which replicates that proposed for Heathrow’s third runway scheme, and which the Commission found would not result in air quality challenges. The extended runway is also located much further south than HAL’s 3rd runway, moving the source of emissions further away from critical receptors. In addition our airport masterplan is more efficient, reducing aircraft movements on the ground.

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  • If your northern runway extension is approved, does it mean you will continue to advocate a similar extension to the southern runway?

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    That is a question for future UK Governments. The stated intention of the Airports Commission was to deliver one net new runway in the South East of England, hence we have only progressed plans for the northern runway extension.

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  • What is your relationship with Heathrow Airport Limited? Does HAL support the Heathrow Hub proposal?

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    We share similar goals and are working closely with HAL, but our proposal is independent of theirs.

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  • How many jobs would the Heathrow Hub proposal create?

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    Heathrow expansion would underpin growth across the UK economy. The Airports Commission estimated that our proposal would create up to 164,000 jobs nationwide.

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