Heathrow Rail Links Mentioned in Parliamentary Questions and Debates

Andy McDonald MP/Jesse Norman MP – 22nd February 2019

Andy McDonald MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) Heathrow Airport, (b) the Civil Aviation Authority and (c) the Planning Inspectorate on the proposal to increase the Air Traffic Movement cap at Heathrow Airport. [220916] To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the safety implications of the introduction of an additional 25,000 flights per year at Heathrow.[220917]

Jesse Norman MP: Heathrow Airport Limited has informed the Department of its proposals for an additional 25,000 aircraft traffic movements a year, and the Department’s understanding is that this will form part of a phased introduction of new capacity while the third runway is being built. Any request to increase its current planning cap would be subject to public consultation and the planning process and, as set out in the Airports National Policy Statement, it would need to include a suitable package of mitigations. The Secretary of State has had no conversations with the Civil Aviation Authority or the Planning Inspectorate on these proposals, but the Civil Aviation Authority will need to consider any such proposals from Heathrow Airport Limited, including with regard to safety, as a statutory consultee in the planning process. This would build on the Civil Aviation Authority’s initial safety review of Heathrow Airport Limited’s proposals before the publication of the Airports Commission’s Final Report, which found no material grounds for concern

Andy McDonald MP/Jesse Norman MP – 22nd February 2019

Andy McDonald MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) noise (b) air pollution and (c) local road congestion of the proposed 25,000 additional flights at Heathrow from 2022. [220915]

Jesse Norman MP: Heathrow’s proposed ‘early lifting of the air traffic movement (ATM) cap’ is not Government policy. Any such proposal would require planning permission and would need to form part of an applicant’s development consent application. As part of that process, the Examining Authority would need to be satisfied that all impacts were assessed fully, including a comprehensive environmental assessment, and that any required mitigations were sufficient; and it would be required to determine the appropriate enforcement regime to enact the mitigations.

Ruth Cadbury MP/Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP – 14th February 2019

Ruth Cadbury MP: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer, but during the airports national policy statement, the Government said that the aviation Green Paper would address the level of public subsidy required to support certain regional connections into Heathrow, but the Green Paper, now published, says that when there is such a requirement for a public services obligation route, “funding contributions should increasingly be provided locally.” Will he therefore confirm that many local councils that were hoping to reap economic benefits from additional regional routes may in fact end up having to subsidise loss-making routes?

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP: As the House will know, it is often custom and practice to share the cost of a public service obligation with a local authority. It is right and prudent for the Government to seek to share the load when we can

Ruth Cadbury MP/Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP – 14th February 2019

Ruth Cadbury MP: What level of (a) direct and (b) indirect public funding will be required to support new regional connections with Heathrow Airport. (909226)

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP: The airports national policy statement expects post-expansion Heathrow to deliver 14 domestic routes and to work with airlines to protect existing and develop new domestic connections. We expect these routes to be commercially viable with support from Heathrow.

Seema Malhotra MP/Andrew Jones MP – 13th February 2019

Seema Malhotra MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2019 to Written Question 207579 on Heathrow Airport: Railways, what plans the Government has for undertaking a Grip 1-2 study of a Southern Rail Access to Heathrow. (218814)

Andrew Jones MP: The Government remains committed to significant involvement by the market in designing and constructing a Southern Rail link to Heathrow. The Market Sounding Findings Report published in December 2018 recommended that Government now needs to further clarify the outcomes we want to be delivered from this project and consider appropriate commercial models for the market to take forward the development of potential solutions. This work is being done as quickly as possible following which we intend to set out further engagement opportunities to all interested parties.

Seema Malhotra MP/Andrew Jones MP – 13th February 2019

Seema Malhotra MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2019 to Written Question 207580 on Heathrow Airport: Railways, how much funding has been allocated for the next stage of development for a Southern Rail Access to Heathrow. (218813)

Andrew Jones MP: In line with the recommendations of the recently published Market Sounding Report on Southern Rail Link to Heathrow, Government is now working to further develop and clarify the outcomes we want to be delivered from this project and consider appropriate commercial models. This work is being done as quickly as possible, following which we intend to set out further engagement opportunities to all interested parties. This work is being funded from within current Departmental resource budgets.

Andy McDonald MP/Baroness Sugg – 7th February 2019

Andy McDonald MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report entitled, Way to go: improving public transport access to London’s airports, published by London Travel Watch on 18 January 2019, what estimate he has made of the number of people using public transport to reach London airports. 
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Baroness Sugg: "Department for Transport published statistics show that the number of passengers using public transport is fairly stable at Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton over the last ten years. Government policy is that the provision and funding of surface access infrastructure and services to airports is primarily the responsibility of the airport operator unless there are significant non-airport user benefits, in which case the Government would consider making a funding contribution. As part of their Surface Access Strategies we expect airports to set targets for increasing the proportion of journeys made to the airport by public transport for both airport workers and passengers, and put in place a strategy to achieve those targets. In our Aviation Strategy consultation, we are proposing a number of measures that aim to better support airports in achieving their mode share ambitions, including uprating Airport Transport Forums so that local and central Government, airports, and transport providers have the opportunity to contribute appropriately to the delivery and monitoring of airports environmental targets."

Baroness Randerson/Baroness Sugg – 6th February 2019

Baroness Randerson: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to reverse the reported decline in the number of passengers using public transport to reach (1) Heathrow, (2) Gatwick, and (3) Luton, airports. HL13251

Baroness Sugg: "Department for Transport published statistics show that the number of passengers using public transport is fairly stable at Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton over the last ten years. Government policy is that the provision and funding of surface access infrastructure and services to airports is primarily the responsibility of the airport operator unless there are significant non-airport user benefits, in which case the Government would consider making a funding contribution. As part of their Surface Access Strategies we expect airports to set targets for increasing the proportion of journeys made to the airport by public transport for both airport workers and passengers, and put in place a strategy to achieve those targets. In our Aviation Strategy consultation, we are proposing a number of measures that aim to better support airports in achieving their mode share ambitions, including uprating Airport Transport Forums so that local and central Government, airports, and transport providers have the opportunity to contribute appropriately to the delivery and monitoring of airports environmental targets."

Seema Malhotra MP/Andrew Jones MP – 18th January 2019

Seema Malhotra MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer in relation to funding for the next stage of development of the Southern Rail Link to Heathrow. (207580)

Andrew Jones MP: A new Southern rail link to Heathrow forms part of our long term aspiration to make getting to the airport quicker and easier for millions of air travellers across south of England and is an exciting opportunity to harness new and innovative ideas from the private sector. The project is in the early stages of development and funding for the next stage is being provided by the Department. The Secretary of State has not had any discussions with the Chancellor in relation to funding this next stage of work.

Seema Malhotra MP/Andrew Jones MP – 18th January 2019

Seema Malhotra MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report entitled, Southern Rail Link to Heathrow Market Sounding, published by his Department in December 2018, what progress his Department has made on the publication of a (a) process and (b) timeframe in relation to the (i) development and (ii) completion of a Southern Rail Link to Heathrow. (207579)

Andrew Jones MP: The Market Sounding Findings Report, published by the Department in December 2018, indicated significant interest for development and financing of the Southern Rail Link to Heathrow. This interest from the market aligns with my intention for future private sector involvement and we remain keen to advance this project in order to deliver quicker and easier journeys for millions of holidaymakers and business travellers across the south of England. The report concluded that Government now needs to further clarify the outcomes we want to be delivered from this project. We are committed to doing this as quickly as possible following which we intend to set out further opportunities for market involvement.