Gatwick takes biggest ever lead in runway poll

08 March 2016

Gatwick pulled 12 points clear of Heathrow (46% vs 34%) today - the largest lead since YouGov first polled Londoners on their preferred airport for expansion in September 2014.

Double digit margins continue across key themes in the runway debate – with Gatwick scoring higher on the environment, cost for taxpayers, regeneration, competition and speed of delivery:

  • Negative impact on quality of life for residents - 43% vs 24%           19 point lead

(Noise and air pollution)

  • Encouraging vigorous competition - 41% vs 24%                              17 point lead
  • Built at lowest cost to taxpayers – 39% vs 23%                                 16 point lead
  • Regeneration benefits to local area - 39% vs 24%                            15 point lead
  • How quickly a new runway could be delivered - 36% vs 24%          12 point lead
  • Certainty new runway can be delivered - 32% vs 24%                      8 point lead
  • Economic benefits to UK – 29% vs 37%                                            8 points behind

The poll also shows that the negative impact on quality of life for local residents (noise, air pollution etc) was the top concern for Londoners.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Chief Executive, said:

“Time after time Londoners say Gatwick expansion is best for the environment, for the taxpayer, regeneration, competition and for speed of delivery. These very same Londoners would be forced to live with illegal air quality levels if Heathrow expands – so their views need to be taken seriously. “

“‘Momentum is with Gatwick as more people recognise it is the only solution that balances the economy and the environment. It is also the only plan that is actually legal, so if we want Britain to get on with it the answer is obvious.”

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