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Video | Gatwick unveils second runway plan... as second council announces opposition

Gatwick Airport has released a new animation of its proposed second runway – but a second county council has announced its opposition to the plan.

Architect Terry Farrell unveiled the video, which promises to create the ‘most efficient twin-runway airport in the world’.

The practice said a revamped Gatwick would streamline the check-in process, allowing passengers to reach boarding gates 30 minutes after arriving, while the efficient runway layout would allow planes to take off within seven minutes of passengers boarding the flight.

Farrell said: “The airport will operate to reflect changing trends in passenger travel and the plans demonstrate how queues will be eliminated, passenger transit through the airport will be sped up, and aircraft turn-around will match the quickest in the world.

“Gatwick’s plan is comparatively simple and low risk and can be delivered by 2025. In comparison, the obstacles facing Heathrow cast doubt on whether a third runway there could realistically ever be built.”

However, in a blow to Gatwick’s plan, a second county council announced it has withdrawn support for a second runway at the airport because of the high level of local opposition.

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) voted by 37 to 26 to reverse its decision in July 2013 to support expansion of the airport.

Kent County Council withdrew its backing for a second runway in November, because of new flight paths.

“The issue of a second runway at Gatwick is an extremely emotive subject,” said WSSC councillor Pieter Montyn.

“Councillors believed that Gatwick has not, to date, put forward sufficient evidence to counter the very serious environmental and noise fears of local residents.

“However, the decision about the runway will be made by government so we have a responsibility and duty to plan for either scenario - second runway at Gatwick or not.”

The Airports Commission is considering three options for airport expansion in the South East: a second runway at Gatwick, a third runway at Heathrow, or an extension to one of the existing Heathrow runways.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s plan for an airport in the Thames Estuary was rejected by the commission last year.





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