Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “Heathrow brings significant benefits to the Hampshire economy, providing employment for thousands of Hampshire’s residents, business markets for the local supply chain and international access to the multi national companies based here. As a major international hub airport, Heathrow is also critical to the UK economy and also brings major benefits to London and the South East.
“We are happy to support Heathrow’s expansion proposals, and welcome the commitment to improve infrastructure to service the expanded airport. It is vital that further investment in transport is put in place, particularly rail infrastructure including links from the South and the West, and to make sure that the whole area benefits from this national project.
“I believe this should not be a choice between the economy and the environment; and I welcome the environmental standards and mitigation measures being proposed. I have faith that tough UK regulatory standards will ensure that the expansion can be delivered without compromising environmental considerations.”
Hampshire County Council has called on Heathrow Airport to work with the Department for Transport and Network Rail to bring forward the Western Rail Access scheme and to support the development of a Southern Rail Access plan that will provide direct rail services between Basingstoke and Heathrow, and between Heathrow and Guildford. Currently, there are no direct rail services from anywhere in Hampshire, meaning most people drive via the M3 and M25, adding congestion to Hampshire roads.
Heathrow Airport launched a ten week consultation on Heathrow expansion on 17 January, which will run until 28 March.