30 MAY 2022


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Article from BTNews 30 MAY 2022

Gatwick's northern runway

A further public consultation on the proposed update of Gatwick’s northern runway starts on 14 June. 

It will run for just over six weeks until 27 July and is a clear demonstration of airport owner Vinci’s determination to upgrade and enhance the airport in the coming years.  The announcement was made to coincide with the UK Government’s ten-point plan for aviation. (See Flightpath to the future in this week’s BTN.)

The airport’s proposals 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 revised northern runway could be operational by summer 2029.

Full details of the amended plans for the roads around the airport will be published at the start of the consultation which includes proposals to significantly redesign the original plan for the North Terminal junction, add a new lane westbound over the Brighton main rail line and 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.

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport, 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”.


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