Heathrow Hub has launched a formal complaint against the current expansion plans at the London airport.
The promoter confirmed that it has submitted a complaint to the Competition and Markets authority about the behaviour of Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) ahead of a parliamentary vote which is expected to take place this summer.
Heathrow Hub wants to extend the north runway instead of creating a new north-west runway at Heathrow. It has said it’s plans would cost £9.7bn in total, in comparison to HAL proposals which are estimated to cost £14bn.
Parliament will vote on the National Policy Statement this summer and if it is passed HAL will pursue a development consent order for the third runway.
Heathrow Hub’s director Jock Lowe said: “Our scheme is cheaper, quicker, quieter and easier to build than the third runway. After years of trying to work cooperatively with Heathrow Airport and the Department for Transport we have decided it is time to take the gloves off.
“The consequence of Heathrow’s veto and the flawed process run by the DfT is that consumers and airlines are being saddled with its unnecessarily complex, noisy and expensive third runway, which will take years to build.
“We hope the CMA will inject some rigour and common sense into the process so that this vital piece of national infrastructure can be delivered quickly and cheaply while taking account of the important environmental impacts on local communities.”
Lowe said that the Heathrow Hub scheme, which would see Heathrow’s existing north runway extended by 600m, would avoid disruption to the M25. HAL’s initial proposals would see the third runway breach the busy motorway.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling yesterday urged the industry to make sure that plans for expansion are cost-efficient and sustainable.
He said: “Heathrow’s customers should not pay for a ‘gold plated’ solution. The expansion of the airport must provide value for money to every party.”
New Civil Engineer has contacted Heathrow Airport Ltd for comment.