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Noise fears over runway changes

Local residents living under the Heathrow flightpath face the prospect of all-day noise for six weeks starting next month.

BAA say they will be suspending runway alternation for this period while essential repairs are carried out to the taxiways connecting to the northern runway. The changes will take effect from September 13.

It means that when aircraft are approaching the airport over London they will use the southern runway all day without the usual break at 3pm.

BAA say the changes are to daytime operations only so there should be no additional flights before 6am.

People in Battersea, Wandsworth, Putney, Barnes, Richmond and Hounslow will be the worst affected.

When aircraft take off to the west they will use the northern runway all day. This will affect people in Colnbrook, south Slough, Windsor, Datchet, Staines and Egham.

Wandsworth Council, which is a member of the 2M Group which campaigns on behalf of communities affected by Heathrow operations, has called on the airport owners to ensure the works are completed on time.

The suspension will affect daytime operations only. Night-time alternation will be unchanged.

For more information from BAA click here.

Date posted: 24 August 2010