Noise fears over runway changes
Published: Thursday 19th August 10
Local residents living under the Heathrow flightpath face the prospect of all-day noise for six weeks starting next month.
BAA say they will be suspending runway alternation for this period while essential repairs are carried out to the taxiways connecting to the northern runway. The changes will take effect from September 13.
It means that when aircraft are approaching the airport over London they will use the southern runway all day without the usual break at 3pm.
People in Battersea, Wandsworth, Putney, Barnes, Richmond and Hounslow will be the worst affected
When aircraft take off to the west they will use the northern runway all day. This will affect people in Colnbrook, south Slough, Windsor , Datchet, Staines and Egham.
Wandsworth Council, which is a member of the 2M Group which campaigns on behalf of communities affected by Heathrow operations, has called on the airport owners to ensure the works are completed on time.
Council leader Edward Lister said:
"We will be watching BAA very closely as the relief offered by runway alternation is priceless to local people.
"Last year we forced the previous government to back down on plans to end the 3pm change-round. It was the first major victory in our ultimately successful campaign to stop expansion.
"We understand why BAA have to do the work but there's no doubt it will give residents an unwelcome taste of what would have happened had we not won that battle."
The asphalt taxiways next to the northern runway are laid on top of concrete blocks. Checks have shown that some of these blocks could become unstable and need to be replaced to avoid debris getting into aircraft engines.
The suspension will affect daytime operations only. Night-time alternation will be unchanged.
For more information call BAA on 0800 344 844, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2M website is at www.2MGroup.org.uk