Labour: Four Tests on Heathrow expansion not met
Today, Labour has announced that the Government’s final proposal for an Airports National Policy Statement, laid before Parliament earlier this month, fails to meet Labour’s Four Tests for Heathrow expansion.
Labour’s support for proposed Heathrow expansion has always been conditional on four well-established tests being met:
1. That increased capacity will be delivered
2. That we can meet our CO2 reduction commitments
3. Minimise noise and local environmental impact
4. Benefits of expansion felt across the regions of the U.K., not just the South East and London
Labour’s analysis of the National Policy Statement finds that none of these tests have been met.
As a result of the government’s proposed Heathrow expansion failing to deliver on the Four Tests, Labour opposes this expansion plan and is calling for a free vote for all parties on the National Policy Statement (New Runway Capacity and Infrastructure At Airports in the South of England) when it comes to Parliament next week.
Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, said:
“Labour has always argued that airport expansion must meet our four tests. After careful and rigorous consideration, we are clear that they have not been met.
“Heathrow expansion is incompatible with our environmental and climate change obligations and cannot be achieved without unacceptable impacts on local residents. The improved connectivity to the regions of the UK cannot be guaranteed and there are unanswered questions on the costs to the public purse and the deliverability of the project.
“We support vital investment in our country’s transport infrastructure, but every investment must be tested on whether it provides real value for money and sustainability. A third runway at Heathrow fails this test.”