Calls for Heathrow Airport review to report sooner

14:00 06 February 2013

Zac Goldsmith is against the idea of a third Heathrow runway. File picture: PA Archive

Zac Goldsmith is against the idea of a third Heathrow runway. File picture: PA Archive

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith has called for the government’s aviation strategy to be speeded up to match other infrastructure projects such as High Speed 2.

The Conservative MP suggested David Cameron bring forward Sir Howard Davies’ capacity review, which is currently scheduled to report after the 2015 general election.

Mr Goldsmith is against proposals for a third runway at Heathrow because of the noise pollution suffered by his constituents.

He said: “Can you reconcile your recent comments on the need to accelerate major infrastructure projects with the Government’s decision to postpone forming a policy on airports until after the next general election?

“Will you reconsider and bring that review forward?”

But Mr Cameron told the Commons today: “I think you will find if you look at what Sir Howard Davies has said in terms of his review, he has said this is a very complicated issue that merits proper examination that will take time.

“We need as a country to make major decisions about airports and airport capacity.

“We should be aiming as far as is possible to try and make these decisions on a cross-party basis and I hope the Howard Davies report will help that to happen.”

As well as expansion at Heathrow, a proposal to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, favoured by London Mayor Boris Johnson, and expansion at Stansted Airport are due to be considered.

The full report from Sir Howard is due to be delivered in the summer of 2015. Proposals on interim measures will be published later this year.

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 12:17
Kim Kalkowski, owner of Cakes 'n' Treats in Camden Town, says she has been unfairly targeted by anti-fascist groups

The owner of a vegan cake shop fears for her business after anti-fascist activists launched a “mistaken” campaign to stop people visiting her store.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:39
Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena (front) leaves Westminster Magistrates Court earlier this year.

A Whittington doctor facing the UK’s first prosecution linked to alleged female genital mutilation has denied any wrongdoing.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:39
The vehicle on fire in Prince of Wales Road.

A bus carrying pensioners was left stranded and full of smoke after a camper van in Kentish Town caught fire.

Read more

TOP Stories

Yesterday, 12:17
Kim Kalkowski, owner of Cakes 'n' Treats in Camden Town, says she has been unfairly targeted by anti-fascist groups

The owner of a vegan cake shop fears for her business after anti-fascist activists launched a “mistaken” campaign to stop people visiting her store.

Yesterday, 15:39
Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena (front) leaves Westminster Magistrates Court earlier this year.

A Whittington doctor facing the UK’s first prosecution linked to alleged female genital mutilation has denied any wrongdoing.

Yesterday, 14:39
The vehicle on fire in Prince of Wales Road.

A bus carrying pensioners was left stranded and full of smoke after a camper van in Kentish Town caught fire.

Promotions

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

London Bloggers

Thursday, July 24, 2014
London comedians are preparing for Edinburgh (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

During these sultry July afternoons and endless balmy evenings the nervous musings of young comedians in London drift to dreams of triumph on the Edinburgh stage.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Punchdrunk's The Drowned Man poduction came to an end on Sunday, July 6

If you’ve been wandering around bereft of purpose, a wet-eyed stare fixed on your blank face, then no doubt you too are as gutted as I am that The Drowned Man has finally come to an end.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
(Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

We’ve been called P.I.G.S.

Quizzes

But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

Yoou might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

Read more
The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

Read more
Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

Read more