Does the recent cabinet reshuffle signal a change in government aviation policy? The controversial question of a third runway for Heathrow is now right back on the political agenda.
RSA/LBC 97.3 Debate
Does the recent cabinet re-shuffle signal a change in direction in government policy on Heathrow and aviation capacity in general?
A panel of expert commentators and a public audience at the RSA and live on LBC 97.3 will debate the issues:
How bad really is the problem of airport capacity? Is Heathrow really losing ground to international competitors? Would the economic benefits of another runway outweigh the negatives (congestion, noise, pollution)? Is Heathrow the only viable option – or is ‘Boris island’ an alternative we should consider?
Will anything happen before the next general election – or even in the next Parliament? And is there a need for cross party consensus on this issue?
Speakers to include: Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party; Tim Yeo, MP for South Suffolk; Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA; Daniel Moylan, deputy chairman of Transport for London, and author of the report “A new airport for London: Part 2 – The economic benefits of a new hub airport”; and Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive, London First.
Chair: James O’Brien, LBC 97.3
The event will be broadcast live from the RSA Great Room on LBC 97.3FM – ‘London’s Biggest Conversation’.