Heathrow ex­pan­sion could mean new route over county

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Qasim Per­acha qasim.per­acha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

HEATHROW’S new third run­way could spell mis­ery for res­i­dents of Iver and South Bucks, with planes fly­ing over­head for the first time.

The Air­ports Com­mis­sion pro­posed sev­eral new flight paths in the event of a third run­way be­ing built at Heathrow. Two of these flight paths track di­rectly over Iver Heath and head north­wards, where they may cause noise pol­lu­tion in other ar­eas of South Bucks.

Cur­rently most flights land­ing and tak­ing off and from Heathrow travel in east­erly or westerly di­rec­tions, be­fore chang­ing course.

Planes fly­ing west­wards out of Heathrow usu­ally change course be­tween Slough and Maiden­head, mean­ing Bucks mostly misses out on noise pol­lu­tion Heathrow’s air traf­fic.

A map of the flight paths was cre­ated by the cross-party Coali­tion Against Heathrow Ex­pan­sion, run by a num­ber of high pro­file MPs in­clud­ing For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son, Shadow Chan­cel­lor John McDon­nell and for­mer Lon­don May­oral hope­ful Zac Gold­smith, who has re­signed from his seat over the run­way de­ci­sion.

The third run­way will be built at the north of the site and slightly to the west, mean­ing the west­ern end of the run­way will be above the M25. The dis­tance be­tween Iver Heath and Heathrow is just five miles.

The im­pact of noise pol­lu­tion is not new to Iver. There are cur­rently 1,900 HGV move­ments a day through the Iver Vil­lages ac­cord­ing to Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil. The prob­lem is al­ready set to be wors­ened in the com­ing years, when a num­ber of large scale con­struc­tion projects in­clud­ing HS2, the Slough In­ter­na­tional Freight Ex­change, and the mov­ing of the Heathrow Ex­press rail de­pot to Langley.

In ad­di­tion to these projects, Cross­rail at Iver is not set to be com­plete un­til 2019. Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil leader Martin Tett con­di­tion­ally wel­comed the Heathrow de­ci­sion. He said: “Our sup­port has al­ways been con­di­tional upon large-scale mit­i­ga­tion of its im­pact, par­tic­u­larly for the towns and vil­lages of south Buck­ing­hamshire, and the Iver area in par­tic­u­lar. We will be de­mand­ing that this mit­i­ga­tion is de­liv­ered in a timely fash­ion to pro­tect our res­i­dents and busi­nesses.”

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