‘Less noise for residents’
Report reveals drop in those affected by planes
Heathrow’s noise footprint has contracted by 14% since 2006, though the local population increase meant this had not resulted in an equivalent reduction in the number of people being affected.
The fall in night-time noise was particularly sharp, with 25% fewer households suffering the highest noise levels after dark than nine years ago.
The report came as Heathrow launched a trial of steeper approaches last week, which it says could further reduce noise for those living under its flight paths.
Matt Gorman, the airport’s sustainability and environment director, said: “Heathrow is at the forefront of international efforts to tackle aircraft noise and these latest contours are testament to the efforts of Heathrow and our airline and manufacturing partners to reduce the impact of the operations. But we won’t stop here. We know there’s more we can do through initiatives like our steeper approaches trial, and we will continue to push all those operating at Heathrow to be industry leaders in reducing noise.”
Heathrow this year launched its 10-point noise blueprint to reduce disturbances for its neighbours, with measures including bigger fines for airlines breaking its noise limits. HACAN chairman John Stewart said: “This glowing report doesn’t reflect the daily experience of residents.”
The Airports Commission this year recommended a third runway should be built at Heathrow, providing conditions could be met. The Government has yet to respond in full to the commission’s final report.
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