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Luton Airport

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

I should like to present a petition on behalf of my constituents to share their concerns at the expansion of Luton airport, which I share.

The petition states:

To the House of Commons,

The Petition of residents of Hemel Hempstead constituency,

Declares that the Operator’s “Master Plan” for Luton Airport must be rejected because:

It goes far beyond the options on which the Government consulted, since it involves two runways, not one, and extra terminal increasing the scale and capacity;

The Government’s own calculations show it is the least cost effective location;

It is the only option without a direct rail link to the airport, so most of the 30 million would arrive and depart by car;

It is closed by bad weather more than any other London airport;

The airspace overhead is more crowded;

It is nearest a built up area;

It would involve building on a large swathe of green belt land.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to ensure that Luton airport remains a medium haul, medium sized airport and to refuse permission for plans to make it second only in capacity to Heathrow.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.