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CPS Heathrow proposal shortlisted by Davies Commission

    Heathrow Hub’s innovative proposal for the Northern runway at Heathrow Airport was today shortlisted by the Davies Commission on airport capacity.

    The idea of extending the runway and splitting it into two was first proposed in the Centre for Policy Studies report “Double up on Heathrow”.

    The report authors Captain Jock Lowe (Concorde’s longest serving pilot) and Mark Bostock are confident that their suggestion is the cheapest, quickest and quietest option for Heathrow expansion.

    There will be no new flight paths, meaning no new residents would come into the noise footprint.

    They also insist it can be financed by the private sector, not the taxpayer.

    It is the only airport concept from any think-tank to have been shortlisted by the Commission.

    This is excellent news for everyone involved with the proposals. But why not double up as the original report suggested?

    CPS Director Tim Knox said: “The Commission’s interim report only covers short term solutions. The full Heathrow Hub proposal to extend and split the southern runway (giving Heathrow four runways) and to build an integrated rail facility two miles to the north of the airport, is still on the table.

    At this year’s Conservative Party Conference the Centre for Policy Studies held a discussion on Heathrow, and whether the Heathrow Hub proposals could offer a solution. This included co-author Captain Jock Lowe.

    You can watch his presentation here:

    Lewis joined the Centre for Policy Studies in April 2011 with responsibility for social media and digital engagement.

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