Gatwick Airport: Crawley council leader ‘expected’ Heathrow recommendation

Crawley council leader Peter Lamb SUS-141107-162950001
Crawley council leader Peter Lamb SUS-141107-162950001

The leader of Crawley Borough Council ‘expected’ The Airports Commission to recommend expansion at Heathrow Airport instead of Gatwick.

He criticised the cost and time taken for its final report, which was published today (Wednesday July 1), to be made.

Peter Lamb (Lab, Northgate) said: “I’m not surprised at all to be honest.

“It’s a bit annoying we have gone through all this process and all this cost for what was already decided 12 months ago.”

He added: “I will be very surprised if we see a proposal coming through during the course of this Parliament.”

Mr Lamb said a proposal to expand either airport would not be supported by enough of Tory MPs.

The Government has a majority of 12 in the House of Commons.

Sir Howard Davies, chairman of the Commission, said: “At the end of this extensive work programme our conclusions are clear and unanimous: the best answer is to expand Heathrow’s capacity through a new Northwest Runway.

“The Gatwick scheme is feasible, but the additional capacity would be more focused on short-haul intra-European routes and the economic benefits considerably smaller.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “My department has received the final report from the Airports Commission and will now consider that advice in detail.

“As a nation we must be ambitious and forward looking. This is a once in a generation opportunity to answer a vital question.

“I will make a statement to Parliament later today in which I will set out the process for that decision to be made.”

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