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Where do you think the extra runway should be built – Heathrow or Gatwick?

Since the 1970s various UK governments have been debating how to expand the UKs potential to increase air traffic in London and the South East of England.

In those days there were plans to build a completely new airport at Maplin Sands but this was abandoned after the 1973 oil crisis. Since then there have been various plans with Boris Johnson suggesting another new airport with four runways in the Thames estuary, but this has been rejected.

The two favourite proposals are an extra runway at Gatwick or one at Heathrow. There has been an extensive public consultation and debates rage over which airport is the most suitable. Heathrow proponents point to its size and global connections make it the favourite but the cost could be £18 billion and over 800 houses would need to be demolished plus there are concerns over traffic and air pollution.

Supporters of Gatwick say it would only cost c£7 billion and there would be much less disruption with only about 300 houses being demolished to make way for the new runway. In addition air pollution and traffic would be a lot less than at Heathrow. Opponents point out that Gatwick is further from London and is really a “holiday” airport with most of the flights being for leisure passengers rather than business or transit passengers.

After years of waiting and debate Theresa May was finally expected to give a decision this week. Instead she is dithering again and says a final consultation has to be done and put before MPs in 2017/18 delaying the outcome yet again.

What are your views? Would you choose Heathrow or Gatwick to have the additional runway? Do you think the government is right to debate the project further or should they just make a decision now and get on with it?

Heathrow or Gatwick? Where would you choose the extra runway to be built?

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fsmmct
17th Jan 2017
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swansea jack
11th Nov 2016
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Neither, we should spend the money on the smaller airports like Cardiff, bristol, London City, Our Railways and Motorways
Terrysoldgal
29th Oct 2016
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Neither, we should be thinking about reducing the number of overall flights and the huge carbon footprints caused by airlines.
Wilf
29th Oct 2016
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Its a good point as how much longer can we keep growing the economy and infrastructure. Soon the UK will just be cities, roads, shops and airports. No wonder wildlife is 68% down from 1970
Riversiderouge
29th Oct 2016
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I have plumped for Heathrow as that is the choice of the experts. What do I know about why's and wherefore's of it all!
Cotrel
29th Oct 2016
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Heathrow is its own mini town, but it is in the middle of London. Yet Gatwick is outskirts of London in country area and benefit of increase jobs.
Southend is expanding well but again restricted like Heathrow as in middle of residential areas.
Stanstead is another one which can be expanded easily as country area surrounding it.
Gov decide not on these points and the reasoning is not there but Gov just decide as what we say goes situ!
Just like the second Dartford Bridge crossing. gov decide it will be at Tilbury but ppl hv to go same route for tht new crossing as same as going to Dartford crossing. I see the congestion morning and night, it is bad.
The best route which actually the ppl want is crossing at A130 over to canvey island which cross (and a shorter distance to build) fields direct to M2. So either way into Kent or London. The A130 Connects from M25/A12/A13/A127. !!
Michael Michaels
28th Oct 2016
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It's the sensible option.
bobbiesue
28th Oct 2016
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heathrow is so much easier to get to more traffic on the m25 to the m23 will be a nightmare
Dep
28th Oct 2016
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There are other areas of England that would benefit from greater airport capacity.
Barton babe
28th Oct 2016
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Gatwick has everything in place for a second runway now,
Heathrow has not. so it makes sense for Gatwick.
cheshiredolphin
28th Oct 2016
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I cannot understand why we cannot have extra runways at Gatwick and Heathrow and other Airports. We need to be developing our infrastructure to accommodate greater access for both the businessmen and tourists to both visit Britain and to increase worldwide destinations for all.
Our road and rail links need to be improved and a much more sophisticated and long term integrated plan needs to be agreed at Government level amongst all parties to ensure continuity and that it is achieved.
It has been done elsewhere and we need as a trading Nation need to improve. Additional runways are but the start.
Dr Grumpy
28th Oct 2016
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As with the M25 by the its actually finished they will find themselves needing even more capacity so why not do the sensible thing and build one at each airport? Why if they wanted extra capacity in the south wasnt Manston developed?
lizzie1947
27th Oct 2016
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I bet all the people who are behind either dont live near an airport. It's not just the disruption for those who have to move but none of them give a thought to the exra traffic and pollution expansion will cause. Nor the risk of more planes flying over our heads, already every 50 seconds. Give them an inch - next it will be more night flights. My husband worked at Heathrow and I'm certain the pollution led to his early death.
cheshiredolphin
28th Oct 2016
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If there was greater capacity at other airports then the need for night flights would be reduced. If more runways are allowed with the strict proviso that there should be no night flights then there would be greater protection for those who chose to live near the airport. Technology of aircraft engines has developed enormously and pollution per engine has been reduced and no doubt it will continue to improve.
I am sorry you lost your husband, but there is little evidence to support the view that airport workers are in any way at greater risk than a member of the general population.
Wilf
25th Oct 2016
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So the government has decided on Heathrow. Wow its only taken them about 20 years to decide what we all knew already! Now they are going to take another year to get a vote from MPs? Why not make a decision and stick to it. Would Winston Churchill have done this? No he would have got on with the job. I read that by the time we have actually built the 3rd runway at Heathrow the Chinese will have built 40 airports the size of Heathrow!
Lionel
25th Oct 2016
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So sadly, Churchill is now unpopular history My step grand children inform me he was an extremeist who brought about the War for his own self aggrandisment, so, the Great Man, a man I admire greatly, us relegated to the also-rans. Such is indoctrination in our schools.

As far as that runway is concerned I view it as a mistake. We should be looking at ditching HS2 and investing in a new airport commonly known as Boris Island, with the added infra structure reuired. Cheaper than HS2 I would think!
Wilf
26th Oct 2016
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Not sure thats true Lional only a couple of years ago he was given the award of the greatest Brit ever born!!!. Yes I like the idea of Boris Island
Lionel
26th Oct 2016
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Wilf, that is what my thoroughly indoctrinated grand children tell me. And I once thought school was to educate not indoctrinate.

I must be getting old!
Pete H
24th Oct 2016
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It shouldn't be one or the other but both.

We need to expand both of these airports and rapidly to keep us as Europe's key transport hub ... especially with the joys of Brexit just round the corner we should get on with it now.

I know that many people will be forced to move but they will be getting 25% above market value for their houses so it's not all bad!
Wilf
24th Oct 2016
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25% above market value-in this day and age that has to be a huge plus!!!
godiva
30th Oct 2016
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But many of them will not because they are tenants, yet their communities will be broken up.
Lionel
22nd Oct 2016
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Neither Heathrow nor Gatwick.

Another runway means increased numbers of flight. Obviously that means yet more passenger and freight. Communications inside the M25 were creaking at the seams years ago. Any additional load will make travelling worse for London dwellers. Perish the thought!

It has been said below, in either scenario there will be mass compulsory purchases of domestic property. And for what? To appease largely business interests.

A few years ago a major upgrade on the M11 running past Stanstead was completed. Massive disruption caused by the construction work. Many of us thought the next runway was set for Stanstead but it's not, so that hideously expensive upgrade is under used.

Heathrow is bounded on the north by the A4/M4 and on the south by the A30, another of our hideously inadequate roads. Therefore any expansion passenger and freight traffic will further clog these over worked arteries. At Heathrow there really isn't a realistic possibility of enhancing air traffic.

Boris Island appears to be the ideal solution, with new communications to London. A complete re-think is needed, not a sewing patches on seventy year old schemes.
dragon27
22nd Oct 2016
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Gatwick better road and rail links plus better off site parking as well, just a fab airport to fly from.
Marley444
22nd Oct 2016
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I don't like the thought of the disruption caused by either. Think of the poor people who will have to have their houses demolished! Not surprised no one wants to make a decision as both will be unpopular. I thought they were making bigger planes to allow for the expansion in air traffic??
Wilf
22nd Oct 2016
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You are right nobody is talking about the 800 people at Heathrow and the 300 people at Gatwick who will have their houses force ably purchased many against their will and then kicked out. Its a disgrace. The plan that I think looks most sensible is to extend the southern runway at Heathrow. Not so costly and hardly any houses will be knocked down. Sounds like a win win to me
JohnHerb
21st Oct 2016
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The tories need to get a grip. I have never seen such a bunch of dilly dallying lilly livered people. Make a decision and get on with it. No wonder China is taking over the world. They make a decision in months and just get on with it. At this rate we will be talking about this in 2026!. Total madness but this is the reason the country is going to the dogs
Lionel
22nd Oct 2016
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Someone must get a grip on this country elsewe're headed for the pan!
MrsPat
21st Oct 2016
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It should be Gatwick. We have used it many times and it is so much nicer than Heathrow. Its also got room to grow in the countryside. I have only been to Heathrow a few times but its so congested and the traffic is so bad I think it would be silly to make it even busier
JohnHerb
21st Oct 2016
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I agree-Go for Gatwick it needs a new runway as its only got one
MrsPat
30th Oct 2016
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Yes it should be Gatwick John. I think the Tories will have to reverse the decision they made this week as it is just stupidity to do Heathrow. Noise, congestion and it is a pain to so many peoples lives. Plus the aircraft fly over crowded London. how silly is that?

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