Heathrow Airport has claimed there will be no increase in road traffic, despite that fact passenger numbers would go up nearly 50% with a third runway. But to achieve this, a massive increase in the % of people travelling by public transport is needed.
There is no evidence that this will happen. The TravelWatch report confirms government figures that between 2007 and 2017 the percentage of people accessing the airport by public transport rose only 1% (from 39-40%). At that rate of improvement it would take approx 250 years for Heathrow to hit the 65% that would be require to prevent an increase in road congestion!
Heathrow is refusing to pay for the road and rail schemes necessary to prevent more congestion. And Transport minister Chris Grayling says no taxpayer’s money will be used to improve access to Heathrow.