Gatwick to step up consultation on its Northern Runway plans
Gatwick is to start a focused statutory public consultation on its plans to bring the airport’s existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its Main Runway.
The consultation will focus on the airport’s updated highway design, which has changed in response to feedback received during the Autumn 2021 consultation.
It will start on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, and run for just over six weeks, until 11:59pm on Wednesday, July 27.
Full details of the revised plans for the roads around the airport will be published at the start of the consultation and will newly include proposals to:
- Significantly redesign the original plan for the North Terminal junction
- Add a new lane westbound over the Brighton main rail line
- Add a third lane to the A23 approaching Longbridge roundabout
The plans for the South Terminal roundabout remain largely unchanged.
When publishing the consultation, Gatwick will also provide an update on other aspects of its Northern Runway plan, following feedback from the initial public consultation last year.
The UK government has also today published its 10-point plan for Aviation – a strategy designed to build an industry that is not only fit for the future, but one that is also world leading.
Gatwick believes that its plans align closely with the government’s strategy to rebuild consumer confidence, build back sustainably from the pandemic, support jobs and build a skilled and diverse workforce that is fit for the future.
The airport’s proposal would see the airport’s Northern Runway brought into routine use, for departing aircraft, by repositioning its centre line further north by 12 metres – enabling dual runway operations with the airport’s Main Runway. The Northern Runway could be operational by summer 2029.
Gatwick notes that the majority of the construction works associated with the airfield would be contained within the existing airport boundary and the cost of works – approximately £500m – will be privately financed.
It insists that its proposals are also low impact, are in line with government policy of making best use of existing runways, and would generate approximately 18,400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5 billion GVA to the region.
The project will also be delivered in a sustainable way which helps the airport to meet its goal of zero airport emissions before 2040.
Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate, said: “When we launched our initial public consultation last September, we wanted to hear from people and interested groups on our plans to bring our existing Northern Runway into regular use alongside our Main Runway.
“Following feedback on our proposals, we have listened and taken the decision to amend several aspects of these plans, particularly our highways designs, so we are keen to get further feedback from local people and other stakeholders on these updated changes before we take our plans forward.”