The Government’s support for expansion at Stansted—including maximising the use of the current runway and the construction of a second runway—is set out in the 2003 Future of Air Transport White Paper. BAA sits as an observer on the Department for Transport’s Stansted project board and is therefore present during discussions on project progress. This group manages the work that it is necessary for the Government to undertake in order to ensure the delivery of its policies relating to increased capacity at Stansted. BAA’s director of Stansted Generation 2 regularly meets senior officials in the department to update them on BAA’s progress towards submitting its planning application for a second runway. The department has engaged with BAA to ensure that BAA’s surface access modelling work complies with the department’s standards. The respective legal and policy teams have also met to discuss timetabling and to ensure that all the necessary legal procedures are on track.
For the 2003 Future of Air Transport White Paper, the department assessed and consulted on a range of environmental impacts associated with new runway options at Stansted. Since then, BAA has carried out a detailed appraisal of the impacts of a proposed second runway and is close to being able to submit a planning application for this. As part of this assessment, the department has worked with BAA to examine the impacts of a second runway on the strategic road and rail networks.