Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, told constituents that Luton Borough Council’s plans for expansion at Luton Airport should be subject to two tests: first, can the noise of additional flights be offset by less noisy planes and better routing; second, can the existing or planned infrastructure cope with the burden of additional passenger traffic?
He said: “I shall pay close attention to views expressed during the planned local consultation. I have always argued that expansion plans must be subject to these two tests but the consultation may raise other issues. It was clear that the previous plans to convert Luton into a long haul airport with a jumbo jet a minute disgorging an extra 25 million passengers failed those tests. So I was delighted when it was withdrawn.
“That does not mean we should oppose all expansion outright if environmental and infrastructure problems can be overcome. We need the jobs, business and travel opportunities that Luton can generate. But I am surprised Luton Borough Council and the Airport operator are proposing plans on this scale before they have tackled the massive congestion at the entrance to the airport.”
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