As you may know, the CAA published its long-awaited Post Implementation Review report on Wednesday. It's a long report with several Annexes in addition. So it will take time to study and prepare a full response. However, we have a clear reaction to the main conclusions which is set out in the press release below.
Gatwick required to change westerly departure route
Plane Wrong welcomes the decision of the CAA to require Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) to change the westerly departure route that affects people in many villages to the South of Dorking and across to Reigate and Redhill. We understand that GAL is currently working on a new design that will take the route roughly back to where it used to be before it was moved nearly 2 years ago. However, we are waiting to see whether the new route will continue to be concentrated so that some people are badly affected, as now, or more dispersed as previously. We believe the latter would be much fairer and will be pressing for that.
We are dismayed by the CAA’s conclusion that the easterly departure route does not need to be changed and we reaffirm our commitment to continue to campaign for the change made in 2014 to be reversed.
Chair, Mike Ward, said, “We are naturally pleased that our stance on the westerly route has been entirely vindicated. It was never fair to impose a new route on people who had not previously been affected and with minimal consultation. However, there is a long way to go before the change will be implemented and we will be continuing to monitor both the design and the speed of implementation through regular contact with GAL and the CAA.
“The decision on the easterly route is clearly very disappointing, especially for residents in the south part of Reigate and Redhill and villages further east and the campaign to reverse this will go on. We will be studying the lengthy report and consulting with our professional advisers before reaching further conclusions.”