Third Runway

Davies fails to make the case for a 3rd runway

Posted by Graham Thompson — 1 July 2015 at 2:17pm - Comments
Greenpeace activists climb onto the top of a plane at London Heathrow Airport
All rights reserved. Credit: Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace
Greenpeace activists climb onto the top of a plane at London Heathrow Airport

This morning the Davies Commission reported back on airport expansion in the South East of England. To the surprise of absolutely no-one, Davies recommends a third runway at Heathrow, and then tries to make a case that this can be delivered within the UK’s legally binding carbon budget. Inevitably that case is riddled with holes you could fly an airbus through, which, in a way, is the job it was intended to do.

A U-turn on airport expansion could cost the coalition

Posted by jossg — 27 March 2012 at 5:20pm - Comments
Greenpeace activists climb onto the top of a plane at London Heathrow Airport
All rights reserved. Credit: Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace
Greenpeace activists climb onto the top of a plane at London Heathrow Airport

"The road to economic recovery isn't a road - it's a flight path." That's the message currently plastered all over the London underground, courtesy of Heathrow owners BAA. The company's new campaign to reopen the third runway debate is a self-serving effort to play on people's economic anxieties at a time of fear, that much is obvious. But more than that, it's a con - both politically unrealistic and, more importantly, economically incoherent.

Heathrow third runway cancelled: we won!

Posted by jossc — 13 May 2010 at 11:20am - Comments
by-nc. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace

Handing in the Airplot deed at No 10 this morning

Fantastic news - climate-wrecking plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport have been axed.

The Cameron/Clegg government confirmed yesterday evening that it will not only scrap the third runway at Heathrow, but also refuse additional runways at Gatwick and Stansted. So all our Airplot campaigning has finally won out - and a huge thank you is due to all you Airplotters, and everyone who's written to their MP or taken part in one of the many protests demanding that the plan be shelved.

The Airplot Competition: we have a winner!

Posted by jossc — 13 May 2010 at 10:25am - Comments

This morning we're proud to announce the winner of the Airplot Contest - our competition to find the ideal structure to fortify the Airplot so that, if the police come to turf us out, we can peacefully resist them. There were two categories - one for architects and architecture students to come up with some practical solutions for how we can defend the land, and the other open to everyone to let their imaginations off the leash.

Get your own bit of earth for Earth Day and help stop the third runway

Posted by tracy — 21 April 2010 at 12:24pm - Comments

Thursday's Earth Day and what better way to mark the occasion than by getting your own piece of  earth that will help block the third runway at Heathrow?

Last year we bought a piece of land slap bang in the middle of the proposed site for third runway at Heathrow and we'd like you to join us as a beneficial owner on the deed. We've got to close the deeds by April 30th so this is pretty much your last chance to join. The land is already shared by over 80,000 owners and we need you to help us reach 100,000 by the end of the month.

Third Runway plan looking more like a deceased parrot every day

Posted by Vicky — 21 April 2010 at 12:02pm - Comments
Celebrations ouside the Courts of Justice after last month's ruling

So we went to the High Court for the last time yesterday morning to tie up the loose ends of the Heathrow Judicial Review. Compared to the excitement of the day when the judge delivered his ruling last month, things were a bit more low key, although important nonetheless.

The judge had to decide who should pick up the tab for the case. Unfortunately for the current Transport Secretary, Lord Adonis, he's going to have dig deep into his pockets because the judge ordered the government to pay 60% of our legal bills.

Updated: Heathrow Third Runway Slammed by High Court

Posted by davewalsh — 26 March 2010 at 12:47pm - Comments

Campaigners leave the High Court victorious this morning after the result of a judicial review into the planned third runway at Heathrow declared that the plans were 'untenable'.

UPDATED 20 April 2010: Fantastic news! Both the climate and common sense have scored a major victory at the High Court today, where the Government's plans for a 3rd runway at Heathrow have been dealt a huge blow.

Aviation lobbyist admits Heathrow could be a white elephant

Posted by christian — 24 February 2010 at 2:38pm - Comments
Plane in airport
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We always thought that the government's economic case for the third runway at Heathrow was flawed. Particularly so given their plan to only allow use of half of the runway's capacity if environmental targets weren't met.

Sipson ‘twinned’ with Manchester Airport residents

Posted by annaj — 9 February 2010 at 4:33pm - Comments

Hasty Lane residents in Manchester twin village with Sipson

Find more photos from the twinning on Flickr.

At the end of last year, Manchester Council approved proposals to expand Manchester airport's freight terminal, more proof that despite the rhetoric on climate change, it's still full steam ahead for the government's airport expansion programme across the country.

Yet, this Sunday there was more evidence that resistance to airport expansion is alive and well, and getting stronger by the day.

The proposed freight terminal at Manchester would demolish homes and destroy a large section of the historic Hasty Lane and acres of green belt. So Hasty Lane residents have teamed up with Sipson villagers - who are also threatened with losing their homes under the proposed third runway at Heathrow - and through a live video-link-up they were twinned!

Government's aviation policy blown out of the water

Posted by jossc — 8 December 2009 at 5:10pm - Comments

The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) report on aviation, published today, explicitly undermines government plans to allow a tripling of passenger numbers on commercial aircraft by 2050.

While its Chairman Lord Turner has been careful not to totally rule out the possibility of creating extra capacity in the form of new runways, the committee is recommending that "the policy focus for aviation must be on limiting demand for flights and investing in alternatives such as better rail links and video conferencing." In an interview on the BBC's Today programme this morning, Lord Turner confirmed that a 200% growth in consumer demand for air travel by 2050, assumed in the 2003 Aviation White Paper, would make reaching proposed emission reduction targets impossible.

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