I think the longer this saga drags on the less chance there is of a third runway at Heathrow.
The very expensive Howard Davis report that recommended Heathrow for expansion is well out of date.
Just slapping a runway down over a built up area, that also has main roads, vital motorways and transport links is a huge undertaking. Plus you would have to knock down hotels, offices and British Airways Head Office.
Maybe the fairly radical idea of splitting the northern runway into two separate runways is worth a further lookhttps://heathrowhub.com/
Will check back in ten years or so to see if anything has changed.
Hello. Thanks for your post.
Heathrow's third runway has been debated in many threads.
I want to focus this thread on the art of the possible; the redevelopment of Heathrow's Central Area.
My question is, will HAL put their entire development plan on hold, or replan?
Will HAL bring forward the work that has started on Terminal 2?
Will HAL use the hiatus to bring forward work on replacing on Terminal 3? The main part of Terminal 3 is sixty years old (it opened in November 1961) and the Arrivals building opened in 1970. Pier 7 is unfit for purpose. In the existing plan, T3 will be up to ninety years old by the time it is replaced.
Given that the CTA is within the existing airport boundary and that the work to be done replaces existing buildings, obtaining planning permission should not be too difficult.
Regarding "...you would have to knock down British Airways Head Office".
The BA headquarters at Waterside opened in 1998. IAG are located in the same building. The American Airlines EMEA office is also at Waterside.
I was at a presentation where BA’s Director responsible for airport policy at the time explained the airline’s position on the third runway. Amongst other things, he said that if the third runway goes ahead, Heathrow Airport Limited will have to buy Waterside at market value plus 25%, and cover BA’s moving expenses. BA and IAG wouldn’t choose to move to a new location, but moving is not a blocker.
Ever since childhood, when I lived within sight of London Airport, I have seldom seen a plane go by and not wished I was on it.”
With apologies to Paul Theroux - ‘The Great Railway Bazaar’