Gatwick Airport launches second runway consultation Brighton News

GATWICK Airport has announced a new public consultation on its plan to open a second runway for commercial flights.

The proposal would mean that the airport’s north runway, currently used for emergencies, would be used routinely for departing planes and could be operational as early as summer 2029.

Roads around the airport are also said to have changes, including the addition of a new westbound lane on the main Brighton railway line and a third lane to the A23 as it approaches the Longbridge roundabout .

The axis of the north runway would be repositioned further by 12 meters.

The majority of construction work associated with the airfield would be contained within the boundaries of the existing airport, with the cost of around £500 million being privately funded.

Gatwick’s chief executive, Stewart Wingate, said: ‘When we launched our first public consultation last September, we wanted to hear from interested individuals and groups about our plans for regular use of our existing northern runway along our main track.

“Following feedback on our proposals, we have listened and made the decision to modify several aspects of these plans, in particular our highway designs, so we are seeking further feedback from local people and other stakeholders on these changes updated before taking our plans. before.”

Some 18,400 additional jobs are expected to be created by the plans by 2038.

However, the proposals have angered environmental campaigners, with some saying airport bosses are ignoring the climate emergency.

The consultation comes as the government publishes a ten-point plan for aviation, which aims to support airport capacity growth where it is warranted, “improve the consumer experience” and put the sector on the right track to reach net zero in the industry by 2050.

Gatwick is the second largest airport in the UK, with short and long haul flights.

Further information on the latest consultation will be available at from June 14, along with details on how to respond.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-26 12:10:00

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