The backers of rival London Heathrow Airport expansion project “Heathrow Hub” are planning to appeal a High Court judgment that dismissed a series of legal challenges against the government’s third-runway plans.

In fall 2016, the UK transport secretary selected a third runway—situated to the northwest of the current two runways—as the preferred option for new airport capacity in southeast England.

This decision was met with several legal challenges, which were all rejected during a High Court hearing May 1. 

One of those challengers was Heathrow Hub, an independent proposal that planned to double the length of the northern runway (the ENR Scheme).

In the wake of the High Court ruling, Heathrow Hub has launched an appeal, maintaining its call for a judicial review of the government’s decision to go ahead with the third runway.

“We don’t agree with the judgment handed down on May 1, which we are advised is legally flawed, at odds with the evidence the court itself heard and gives us strong grounds to appeal,” Heathrow Hub director Jock Lowe said.

Lowe claims that Heathrow Hub offers a “cheaper, quieter and simpler” solution for the airport’s expansion and that competition was distorted during the bidding process.

“Despite the ongoing legal proceedings, an extended runway could still be operational much sooner than Heathrow Airport Ltd’s North West Runway scheme,” he said.

Victoria Moores