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

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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.

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