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Government must announce go-ahead for Heathrow 3rd runway

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

GMB Calls On Government To Announce Go-Ahead For Heathrow 3rd Runway

The Government must stop dithering and make the long awaited announcement on the future of airport capacity for the South East says GMB

GMB, the union for workers in the aviation industry, commented on the proposal by Heathrow Hub to increase the Northern runway and split it in half which could lead to a potential saving of £2bn.

The Heathrow expansion would lead to 180,000 jobs that and 10,000 apprenticeships while also delivering £211bn in economic benefits. In addition, it will sustain 700 jobs related to the steel industry over 5 years between 2021 and 2026.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Civil Aviation said “The Heathrow Hub consortium have made a valuable contribution to the conversations on the future development and expansion plans that Heathrow requires if it is to retain its prominence as a world class Airport Hub which the UK as whole needs.

In this instance it would be wise to see what the clear plans are for the airport which requires the government to stop dithering and make the long awaited announcement on the future of airport capacity for the South East.”

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Contact: Mick Rix on 07971 268343 or GMB press office on 07358 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

1 Heathrow runway extension campaigners slash £2bn from projected costs

http://www.cityam.com/249583/heathrow-runway-extension-campaigners-slash-2bn-projected

Supporters of a plan to extend one of Heathrow's runways have cut their estimated costs for the project by almost a quarter in a bid to win government backing.

The Heathrow Hub plan involves stretching their airports northern runway to 6.8km, and splitting it in half so that planes can take off and land at the same time.

Backers include former British Airways Concorde pilot Jock Lowe, and the group had previously claimed work could be completed for £9.7bn.

However, last week Heathrow offered to cut £3bn from its projected costs of £16.8bn for a third runway, through cheaper terminal buildings and opting for a cheaper passenger transit system.

And now, the Heathrow Hub campaigners have applied similar cuts to their own plans, dropping the bill from £9.7bn to £7.7bn.

Lowe told City A.M.: “If we apply the same changes that Heathrow put on their own scheme, like a lower quality expansion, it saves us about £2bn.

“Personally, I would still prefer to have all the passenger convenience that came with the first plans, but even without them, our plans remain a lot cheaper.”

The government is expected to make a decision on airport expansion after parliament returns from recess in October.

Last year, a report by Sir Howard Davies backed a third runway at the airport over both the extension plan, and expansion at Gatwick.

2 GMB press release dated Monday, September 12, 2016

GMB Calls On Government To Give Go-Ahead To Third Runway At Heathrow 

The steel required to build this major project would be a much needed boost for the UK steel industry says GMB

GMB, the union for workers in the aviation and steel industry, has called on the Government to make a decision on Heathrow expansion following the announcement that the construction of a third runway and new terminal buildings will have a massive impact on the UK steel production industry.

An estimated 370,000 tonnes of UK steel will be used to expand Heathrow, nearly 10% of the total steel produced in the UK for domestic use in 2015 (see notes to editors for a link to Heathrow’s report).

The expansion will sustain 700 jobs related to the steel industry over 5 years between 2021 and 2026 in addition to the 180,000 jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships that will be created by the project as a whole. Heathrow has said that the new runway and terminal buildings could contribute as much as £211bn in economic benefits across the UK by 2050.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said “The amount of steel that will be required to build this major project will be a much needed boost for the UK steel industry, steel workers and their communities. This is another good reason for the UK government to make a decision quickly in support of Heathrow expansion."

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Civil Aviation, said “Theresa May needs to get a shift on and make a decision on the 3rd runway at Heathrow as a matter of urgency. 180,000 new jobs, 10,000 apprenticeships and the economic benefits of up to £211bn depend on the expansion of Heathrow airport so we urge the Government to announce the go-ahead, as recommended by the Airport Commission, without any further delay.”

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