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Public consultation begins on plans to bring Gatwick’s Northern Runway into routine use

Gatwick has begun its public consultation on plans to bring its existing northern runway into routine use alongside its main runway.
The proposed plans would allow the airport’s northern runway to be 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 while meeting all international safety standards.
 
Works could be complete and the northern runway operational by summer 2029.
 
The majority of the construction works associated with the airfield are contained within the existing airport boundary and are expected to cost around £500million. The works will be privately financed, generating approximately 18,400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5bn GVA to the region. The project proposals are low impact and are in line with government policy of making best use of existing runways. The project will also be delivered in a sustainable way, which helps to achieve the government’s overall goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
 
Full consultation materials are available at www.gatwickairport.com/futureplans web pages along with a virtual exhibition and an option to book a telephone surgery with project experts or to request a virtual briefing for local stakeholder groups. People can also contact the consultation team by using the freephone hotline 0800 038 3486, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm
 
For those people who may find online access difficult, Gatwick will be operating a mobile project office which will visit key areas around West and East Sussex, Surrey and Kent and all consultation materials will also be available at various deposit points, including libraries in those areas.
 
The Statement of Community Consultation (setting out how Gatwick proposes to consult the local community on the proposed Northern Runway project) was published on 27 August 2021 and is also available at www.gatwickairport.com/futureplans.
 
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport, said: “Our Northern Runway proposals will help boost our economy, maintain competition within the London market, open up new connections and support a Global Britain. They will also open up exciting new employment opportunities, create additional jobs and further enable travel to visit family and friends, take a leisure break or foster trade and business links. Our proposals are forward looking and seek to bring significant benefits for our region.
 
“I am confident in our future and very pleased to present these proposals for public consultation. We would like to hear views from local residents and anyone interested in our proposals. I encourage everyone to take time to review our plans and respond by 1 December 2021.”
 
Anyone interested in responding to the public consultation can do so either by completing the online consultation questionnaire at www.gatwickairport.com/futureplans or 
 
A hard copy of the questionnaire can be completed and returned it using the FREEPOST address: FREEPOST RTRB-LUUJ-AGBY

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