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Aviation: Wokingham

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 270234, tabled on 27 June 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to limit aircraft noise over Wokingham constituency.

Answered on

4 July 2019

The Government recognises that aviation noise is a key concern for communities that aircraft fly over, including areas such as Wokingham.

As part of its forthcoming Aviation Strategy, the Government has put forward a number of proposals designed to incentivise the aviation industry to successfully modernise airspace. The benefits of airspace modernisation are well known. For example, it should allow aircraft to climb more quickly than they can at present, and descend continuously, both of which will have a noticeable noise reduction benefit for overflown communities.

The Government has also taken forward proposals for additional ways of representing communities’ exposure to noise and requirements for optional analysis and consultation that will ensure communities are more engaged in the future decisions around airspace that affect them.

London Heathrow Airport is developing its proposal for the Compton departure route, the operation of which affects communities near Wokingham. We expect that London Heathrow Airport will consult on its proposals next year, and this will provide an opportunity for communities to influence the final design for this departure route.