Go Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1630 times:
Terminal five cleared for take-off
London's Heathrow Airport has been given the go-ahead for a fifth terminal.
Transport Secretary Stephen Byers made the announcement in the House of Commons on Tuesday, following a four-year public inquiry into the scheme.
"Now T5 has been given the go-ahead, we shall be looking very closely at the conditions attached"
T5 opponent Peter Brown
Airlines, trade unions and big business welcomed the new terminal, which Heathrow's operator, BAA, hopes will be operational by 2007.
BAA first applied for planning permission for the terminal, known as T5, 14 years ago.
However, environmental campaigners and local councils remained bitterly opposed to T5, which could push up Heathrow's annual passenger numbers by more than 20 million.
Friends of the Earth, which has run a long campaign against T5, claims the public inquiry was turned into "a farce" by the government, because it was not "neutral" about the proposal.
An FoE statement also claims BAA has "not done proper analysis of potential disadvantages, such as 'over-heating' the economy, noise and air pollution and traffic congestion."
Eleven local authorities around Heathrow have also been opposed to the scheme getting the go ahead.
"Now T5 has got the go-ahead, we shall be looking very closely at the conditions attached," said Peter Brown, a spokesman for the authorities.
"We want the conditions enforced and we do not want a repeat of the Heathrow Terminal 4 situation when promises on the number of flights were broken within a matter of months."
A BAA spokesman at Heathrow said it expected conditions to be set.
"It's too simple to say promises were broken as far as Terminal 4 was concerned.
"Recommendations were made, but circumstances changed."
Those in favour say Heathrow needs to expand to meet passenger and airline demand and to help London compete as a business centre with leading European financial centres.
Ken Howard, of campaign group Slough for Terminal 5, said it will improve employment prospects.
"It will bring a lot of business into the local economy through support services such as cleaners and caterers and will safeguard existing jobs as productivity increases," he told BBC News Online.
Opponents dispute BAA claims the new terminal will not increase road and aircraft traffic by much.
BAA says T5, which will cater for about 30 million travellers a year, will help the airport handle about 80-85 million passengers a year.
Anti-T5 groups fear this annual figure is more likely to be 90-100 million.
The government decision follows the end of the inquiry into T5, held from 1995 to 1999 and costing an estimated £80m.
Inquiry inspector Roy Vandermeer QC's report will be published when Mr Byers makes his decision.
The new terminal will have links to the Tube's Piccadilly line and to the mainline Heathrow Express.
from bbc online
Hooray for heathrow, its about time.
It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
BCal DC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 720 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1587 times:
I doubt it, as they're not OneWorld. Maybe they'll get more slots at FRA, which is monopolised by STAR.
There will be more room at T4 anyway, as AA will join BA at T5.
As for T4 gates, I heard somewhere that they planned to make the A380 so it will squeeze into the same spot as a 744. The issue being the number of seats etc at gates for pax waiting to board. But I'm not sure about that.
Carmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1580 times:
Here's an article from The Times. Now why are these people complaining about the noise when they choose to stay beside the world's busiest airport?
Terminal 5 must keep the noise down
BY BEN WEBSTER, TRANSPORT CORRESPONDENT
HEATHROW will today win approval for a fifth terminal to preserve its status as the world’s leading airport.
But acceptance of the £2.25 billion scheme will come with strings attached — including night flight restrictions — to appease residents and environmental campaigners.
Stephen Byers will announce the decision in the Commons, eight years after BAA applied for a new building to cater for another 30 million passengers a year.
The Transport Secretary is expected to accept BAA’s offer to limit aircraft noise to 1994 levels, but the airport is likely to be allowed to handle many more flights.
Campaigners against the terminal claim the noise restrictions will be painless for airlines — since technology is making aircraft engines quieter — but do nothing to improve life for local people.
John Stewart, chairman of Clearskies, said residents would welcome any restriction on the 16 flights that arrive at Heathrow before 6am each day. The European Court of Human Rights ruled last month that the flights violated residents’ right to a good night’s sleep. The Government was given until January 2 to appeal against that ruling, but Mr Byers is expected to try to resolve the issue by linking it to the Terminal Five decision.
The main section of the terminal, which is to be built on an old sewage works to the west of the existing terminals and would be served by an extended Heathrow Express and Piccadilly Line, would open in 2007. An additional satellite building would open by 2012.
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13722 posts, RR: 20 Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1549 times:
I think it should be emphasized that the Labour Government (Hoorah!), have imposed a 480k flights a year restriction on the airport, thus ending any more work at LHR, and it's just a 20k increase than 2000.
Critics suggest that T5 is not going to be worth it, especially if night-time restrictions are going to be "over-stringent".
In addition, a 3rd runway will be needed, against neighbour's wishes. Though probably going to be built, I don't envisage it being built in time for Terminal 5.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12166 posts, RR: 35 Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1520 times:
Great news indeed. I wonder if T5 will have any facility for enthusiasts (fat chance?)
Anyway, great news nonetheless and hopefully once the "debate" over airport capacity in the SE is completed, we can see design work commenced (if it hasn't been, already) on R3, which would be a shorter runway, built north of the airport. It may not be built by the time T5 opened, but the government will have learned from the T5 experience and will have either introduced or planned to introduce legislation to limit the length of planning procedures for economically important projects such as this.
By the way, when will this limit of 480,000 movements be reached? Surely well ahead of 2007 (they would be needed fairly soon). Also, with BA due to enter an alliance with AA, this will also raise more capacity into the system, so more routes will be available to newer carriers . . .