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Heathrow Airport: Motor Vehicles

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 189624, tabled on 9 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the number of (a) light goods vehicles, (b) heavy goods vehicles and (c) private cars that access Heathrow airport on a daily basis.

Answered on

19 November 2018

For goods vehicles, the Department draws upon the Airports Commission’s assessment of road freight numbers as published in their Appraisal Framework Module 4 - Surface Access Freight Impacts Study.

In October 2017, the Department published within its Updated Appraisal Report: Airport Capacity in the South East, details of the estimated surface access trips for both highway and public transport trips for each of the airport expansion options as inputs to its non-flight carbon assessment.

Details of the estimates for annual highway trips for the Heathrow Airport options are set out in the following table:

Annual highway trips (car and taxi) by passengers and employees at Heathrow, DfT17 central forecasts (millions)

Highway vehicle trips

2026

2030

2040

2050

No Expansion

57.5

59.4

62.7

66.3

LHR Extended Northern Runway

67.7

75.2

78.2

82.1

LHR Northwest Runway

67.7

77.7

80.7

85.5

Source: Department for Transport: Table A.2 Updated Appraisal Report: Airport Capacity in the South East (October 2017)

As specified in the Airports National Policy Statement, it will be for an applicant for development consent for the Heathrow Northwest runway scheme to submit a surface access strategy to the Planning Inspectorate alongside their application.