It’s been recently reported in the news that Heathrow Airport has received a boost in sales and passenger numbers, which could enable the expansion of a new runway to be undertaken in the first half of the new year.
Prime Minister Theresa May backed a £16.57 billion pounds expansion of the London hub last October after decades of government indecision, but it is still consulting on the impact on air quality and overall aviation demand.
A public consultation into the planned third runway was reopened following a series of reports published by the Department for Transport, which assessed the impact that expansion would have on noise and air quality.
As a result, Transport minister Chris Grayling reopened the debate over the future of Heathrow’s third runway with a new consultation on the plans.
“It was intended these documents would be presented for consideration during the initial consultation, but the timing of the general election meant this was not possible.” Mr Grayling said.
“I am therefore confirming that there is a need to conduct a short period of further consultation to allow this updated evidence to be taken into account.
“This further consultation will focus mainly on the specific elements of the NPS affected, and is expected to begin later this year.” He added.
This is not the first of Heathrow’s recent plans to be thrown into doubt, the Airport scrapped plans for a new terminal, baggage facilities and an underground train as part of a cost review of the runway project. The savings are expected to knock “several billions” off the cost of the new runway at the west London airport.
Heathrow said that it would instead invest in extending terminals 2 and 5, and allow longer phasing of work over a 20-year period to keep costs under control.
The new government consultation and the past election hiatus means the Department for Transport expects to present the National Policy Statement on airports to parliament during the first half of 2018.
Mr Grayling added: “This government remains committed to realising the benefits that airport expansion could bring, and I can confirm that we do not expect this additional period of consultation to impact on the timetable for parliamentary scrutiny of the NPS.”
Here at Chisholm & Winch, we have been proud to be a part of the experience at Heathrow Airport for 20 years.
Included in our airport operations are many of the traditional building trades with a focus on carpentry, general operatives, dry lining, brickwork and tiling. We provide a second tier supplier service, our experience allows us to work with with many of Heathrow and Gatwick Airport’s first tier suppliers, eg. Balfour Beatty, Mansell, Vinci, Mace and Laing O’Rourke.
Chisholm & Winch are also offer the benefit of retained Security Self Signatory status allowing us to manage and issue airport security pass provisions. Under these Security Provisions, we employ two full pass signatories and two temporary pass signatories. We currently carry circa 75 full pass holders.
Chisholm & Winch have been committed to the CSCS scheme for some time. As a result, we have a 90% CSCS compliant workforce across the company.
We have a permanent office at Heathrow for our Airport based team to reside in, you can find this at Building 820, near Control Post 8. Our office includes full IT provisions, secretarial and administrative support.