Gatwick wishes to be larger than Heathrow if it can secure a second runway.
With only one road, that is already congested and blocked if an accident occurs, and one railway line which is the second worst in the UK and can’t be expanded, Gatwick would be as hard to reach as Heathrow is today apart from Heathrow has far more rail and road links. Passengers would have to pass Heathrow to access Gatwick. If you are battling proposed housing already in our areas then think of what the Commission and WSCC have predicted, an inward migration of workers looking for housing, some 40,000 new homes would be needed which will be in addition to what we are suffering now. They both recognise that we have very low unemployment in counties surrounding Gatwick.
Where is the funding going to come from to pay to educate the children of these workers? We already have waiting lists for local schools and increasing waiting times to see GPs and a hospital that is over half an hour away that is meant to care for West Sussex and East Surrey, and of course Gatwick Airport.
WSCC have already suggested mitigation measures like congestion charges for Gatwick passengers, so no difference there then. As a ring road would be needed for East Grinstead, Crawley and underpass of M23 into Croydon, but none of these have been included in Gatwick’s proposals or Commission’s costings. And please do not forget the upgrading of all local roads that would be needed to deal with the sheer volume of traffic caused by inward migrating workers and Gatwick’s 95m passengers annually.
We do not wish the misery of more planes over the residents of Heathrow but at the same time we do not want Heathrow here.
Sally Pavey, CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions)
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