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New Airport Infrastructure Panel to investigate aviation future

The ICE has established a new Airport Infrastructure Panel (AIP) to investigate how best to integrate airport infrastructure into existing transport networks.

The AIP will consider how the UK’s aviation needs can be met while managing CO2 emissions, to ensure sector makes a reasonable contribution to the government’s reduction targets.

The expansion of Heathrow airport remains controversial and the ICE said it is now more important than ever that it develops a policy position on what promises to remain a thorny issue for sometime to come.

ICE director general Tom Foulkes said: “We have already made clear our position on the current Heathrow expansion plans (ICE News 5 February). The AIP believes that the ICE cannot support any individual airport infrastructure project that does not adequately address environmental issues and the challenge of reducing carbon emissions at a national level. “It is vitally important that these challenges are met within the wider context of a fully integrated national transport policy. This new panel will work to ensure the ICE develops a coherent and robust policy on the future development of airport infrastructure in the UK.”

The AIP will develop a statement on the value of aviation to the economy, incorporating the challenges of emissions reductions. It will also include a broad statement of principles on the proposed future development and integration of airport infrastructure and the implications of delivering on these principles looking forward to 2030.

The AIP will be chaired by WSP Civils technical director Ian Blackwell. Other panel members include Arup global aviation leader Peter Budd, Jacobs associate director Peter Mackenzie- Williams, Mouchel head of transportation Simon Godfrey- Arnold, Atkins principal civil engineer Collin Elliff and Newcastle International Airport head of planning and corporate affairs Graeme Mason.

It is expected that the panel will also feed in to the work of the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure, which intends to look at some of the key aviation issues in the near future.

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