At a meeting at Rothamsted last Friday, 13th June, Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, urged everybody to write to the Secretary of State for Transport before the end of June – and to persuade their friends and neighbours to do so – to protest against the over-expansion of Luton Airport.
Peter Lilley said: “We can defeat the over-expansion at Luton Airport. We have won the first battle in downgrading the proposal from an assumption to an option. Moreover, it is clear that, on the government‘s own figures, Luton is the least cost-effective of the options for airport expansion in the South East. But we will only see off this ill-thought out proposal if everyone writes to Alistair Darling and gets their friends and neighbours to do so as well – before the consultation period ends on the 30th June.”
The key points we need to make are that Luton is unsuitable for massive expansion to the size of Gatwick since:
o Its location on a plateau means it is closed by fog and bad weather more frequently than the other South East airports
o It is the only airport with no train service into the airport
o It already has the greatest concentration of air traffic movement in its airspace
o It is the least cost-effective option on the government‘s own calculations
o Those cost calculations do not include the cost of a Hitchin by-pass nor of an extra lane on the M1.”