Audio: Dan Byles, MP, North Warwickshire – Does Brum airport need a 2nd runway?

Recently a public consultation on the proposed expansion of the Birmingham Airport was held at Coleshill, the area to be affected the most by the new plans.

Local residents and local MP from North Warwickshire, Dan Byles discussed the various aspects of the expansion plans with airport officials.

On the sidelines of the consultation, Dan Byles spoke to Brum Transport about the why the residents of the area are opposing the proposed expansion:

Talking about the possible links between the much debates high speed rail corridor, HS2, he said it is interesting to hear from the airport officials that the airport expansion and the HS2 project:

Noise levels are a cause of concern for most Coleshill residents around the airport.
Expansion of the airport’s capacity, both by expanding the present runway and creating a new one will further add to their problems, he said. More from him in this audio clip:

He further added that there are a lot of questions to which the Airport authorities need to have answers soon.

Earlier, on 2 August, Brum Transport reported live from the consultation.

The new plans discussed at the consultation included two proposal:

  1. Extension of the present runway, which will increase the passenger capacity from the present 9 million to 27 million annually.
  2. Plans to create a second runway, which will further increase the passenger capacity to 70 million annually.

While Coleshill residents are not opposed to the first idea, the second runway is a cause of concern for many.

Soon to follow: Reactions from residents of Coleshill on the proposed 2nd runway and aviation expert Howard Wheeldon’s analysis of the expansion plans. 

Birmingham airport expansion: Do Coleshill residents want it?

A public consultation was organised on Tuesday, 30 July, for the residents of Coleshill – the community that will be affected the most by the proposed airport expansion.

Birmingham Airport expansion plans include:

  • Extension of the present runway – The airport currently handles nine million passengers each year. The extension, due to be completed next year, could increase this capacity to 27 million passengers annually.
  • Plans to create a second runway – This could further increase the capacity to 70 million passengers each year and probably compete with the Heathrow airport. The plans have been submitted to an independent committee led by Sir Howard Davies.

The meeting was organised by local MP Dan Byles to bring together Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham Airport, John Morris, public affairs director and other officials to answer questions of the Coleshill residents.

Live tweets from the meeting with comments, reactions and questions:

 

Soon to follow: Interviews with MP Dan Byles, members of Coleshill civic society, airport officials, and independent experts.