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Project for the sustainable development of Heathrow

Subject: Project for the sustainable development of Heathrow

Published: 15 February 2005

Request: Response to a Freedom of Information request.

The Department holds various meetings in connection with PSDH, a number of which involve discussion of mixed mode and surface access issues. Many of these meetings are not formally minuted.

In this instance, the FOI request focused on mixed mode and surface access project groups and specifically concerned minutes of any meetings between the Department, the aviation industry, local authorities and Government agencies; and the composition of the two groups.

On surface access, a stakeholder group - involving among others DfT, BAA, road and rail interests, airlines, Transport for London and the Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee - has met three times to take stock of progress on PSDH work on surface access issues. No minute was taken of the first meeting. Minutes from the two most recent meetings of this group are attached. Membership of the group is indicated by the attendance list at the top of each note; in addition to those marked present, we have invited a representative from Virgin to attend future meetings. Annex B explains the organisational acronyms used in the minutes.

There is no equivalent group on mixed mode issues. Work to develop proposals for mixed mode operations on Heathrow's existing runways is being led initially by BAA (with close involvement of National Air Traffic Services, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Department). Assessment of the impacts and benefits will follow on the basis of scenarios that emerge from this work.

The budget for environmental assessment associated with PSDH (both air quality and noise) is £200,000 in 2004/05 and £150,000 in 2005/06. Further details about this work (and all other aspects of PSDH) is available elsewhere on this website at

Documents released:

Project for the sustainable development of Heathrow (34 kb)

Minutes and membership of the stakeholder group.

15 February 2005