Extra runways are not needed

PUBLISHED: 15:31 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

Stansted Airport’s runway as it is today

Stansted Airport's runway as it is today

BAA S plans to spend £1 billion on improving road and rail links around Stansted Airport emphasise why a second runway is unnecessary, according to Uttlesford District Council. The airport operator last week unveiled its strategy to meet demand at Stanste

BAA'S plans to spend £1 billion on improving road and rail links around Stansted Airport emphasise why a second runway is unnecessary, according to Uttlesford District Council.

The airport operator last week unveiled its strategy to meet demand at Stansted up to 2030.

Plans include a new junction on the M11 and the return of a dedicated Stansted Express at busy times

But UDC's leader, Cllr Mark Gayler, said the proposals, out for public consultation until June 5, show the increased environmental damage a second runway would cause.

"The need to widen the M11 shows the level of additional traffic a second runway will bring, generating additional pollution in addition to the extra noise and air pollution from the planes," he said

"We will continue to resist plans for a second runway, and demand real improvements to the rail service, which is already under pressure at the current number of passengers, at the expense of local commuters."

BAA's plans, which were drawn up with the Government and the Highways Agency, could mean up to 44 per cent of travellers using public transport to get to the airport by 2030 if a second runway was in place.

"We will be carefully examining that claim," said Cllr Gayler.

"And we will be scrutinising the adequacy of the measures required such as additional rail track for sections of the West Anglia main line, a second tunnel into Stansted with Stansted Express services running non-stop between the airport and Liverpool Street, and additional regional services which BAA suggests would meet the needs of other users.

"We also question whether there are any guarantees that measures would be delivered to meet demand."

The East of England Regional Assembly is totally opposed to the building of a second runway at Stansted

Chairman of the Assembly's Regional Planning Panel, John Reynolds, said: "Congestion is a real issue for the people of the region, which is why we are pushing for more funding from the Government to improve the transport infrastructure.

"While we welcome any

study that seeks to address congestion and improve the situation on our roads, we can only point out that adding a second runway at Stansted airport is likely to exacerbate the situation on our roads."

BAA's director of Stansted Generation 2, Alastair McDermid, said: "Our strategy focuses on reducing the growth in car use and encouraging more people to use improved public transport services."

The plans can be viewed online at www.stanstedairport.com/future

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