Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Extra Heathrow Runway 'Would Give Just 4-Hour Break from Noise'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Extra Heathrow Runway 'Would Give Just 4-Hour Break from Noise'

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor

TENS of thousands of Londoners could face a respite from noisy planes of just four hours of their waking day if Heathrow expands, MPs have been told. The airport currently switches runway use to ensure residents enjoy about eight hours of the 16-hour "working day" free from disturbing noise.

The Airports Commission has admitted that if another runway were built at Heathrow, this period would be cut to a third of the working day, which runs from 7am to 11pm, rather than half. But it insists the extra capacity the runway would bring would mean these periods could be more reliably maintained.

However, Daniel Moylan, the Mayor's chief aviation adviser, told the Commons environmental audit committee that the respite period could be cut to as little as about four hours.

"Our analysis shows that while that figure of a third, as an average, is about right, for ... over half the communities, it will fall to 25 per cent of the day only, and for the others it will be 50 per cent," he said. …

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