All London MPs have been urged to vote against Heathrow expansion at the Commons vote on the Government’s final National Policy Statement on Monday. The London Assembly Environment Committee letter, signed by the Labour, GLA Conservatives and Green Party group leads, calls for MPs to consider the environmental and health impacts of a third runway at Heathrow and to oppose expansion with their vote.
The Government has a duty to protect and improve the health of the people it serves, yet expansion of Heathrow will do the opposite.
- Around 700,000 people are affected by noise from Heathrow Airport, more than three times as many as any other airport in Europe.
- Over 300,000 extra people are set to be affected by increased noise with a third runway at Heathrow.
- Expansion will consign hundreds of thousands of Londoners to noise, air pollution and worse health for many years to come.
Caroline Russell AM, Chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee, said:
“We vehemently oppose the expansion of Heathrow Airport and this is a united position of the Environment Committee and the whole of the London Assembly.
“With this letter to all London MPs we strongly urge them to listen, take heed and vote against Heathrow expansion. This is a seismic decision and how MPs vote will affect thousands of Londoners for a generation.
“My message to all London MPs is to be bold and stand up for your constituents. Vote down this proposal to expand Heathrow.”