Threat to Londoners’ health because of increased air and noise pollution from Heathrow aircraft

Air and noise pollution from Heathrow is predicted to increase with a doubling of early morning arrivals flying low over new areas of London, including Bayswater, Paddington and Notting Hill.

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700+ additional flights over London each day

281,000 extra flights every year

Flights between 11:00pm and 6:00am

New low flight paths over London including our area

The proposed volume of additional flights and new, lower flight paths has serious implications for the health and wellbeing of London’s citizens. Post-pandemic, we need to build our health resilience, not undermine it.


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Together we can stop the expansion plans!

Londoners against Heathrow Expansion - No to increased flights over London

No to toxic air, no to noise pollution, no to undermining our health.

Our local Labour and Conservative councillors are united against these plans. Here’s why.

  • Heathrow is proposing a 700+ increase in flights a day over London. Its proposed new flight paths will cover areas which previously, have not had flights directly overhead, including Bayswater, Paddington and Notting Hill. So, it is imperative that we continue our campaign.
  • We are concerned about the impact the plans will have on the physical and mental health and wellbeing of current and future generations living, working and visiting London.
  • There is now a much greater understanding of the adverse impact of aviation pollution on people’s mental and physical health. Recent research has provided frightening proof that these cause depression, anxiety, heart disease, increased blood pressure, asthma, respiratory complications, and cognitive impairment.
  • In 2017, the then UK Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, published her annual report on the state on the public’s health, focusing on the impact of air pollution on human health. Her key conclusion was that ALL air pollution must be treated as a preventative disease.
  • The predicted noise levels resulting from the proposed Heathrow flight paths will create noise pollution that far exceeds the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidance of 40-45dB, and this is over densely populated areas.
  • Aviation also generates toxic air pollution (NOx, CO, SOx, PM10, PM2.5 and PM0.1). According to the WHO, urban air pollution is among the top 10 risk factors for mortality in the UK.
  • Scientists describe aviation pollution as a ‘ticking time bomb’. Recent research published by Kings College found that PM0.1 ultrafine particles from Heathrow Airport emissions are being blown more than 11 miles into Westminster. The smaller the particle, the deeper it penetrates the lungs. Ultrafine particles have also been linked to brain cancer. Please follow this link to read the article.
  • Air quality is already very poor in London. Several initiatives, including ULEZ, aim to improve this. The UK government and the London Mayor have also made firm commitments to address climate change and air quality.
  • Increasing flights over the city will sabotage these endeavours, put lives at risk and significantly reduce the quality of life of people living, working, studying, or visiting Westminster.
  • We believe Heathrow’s expansion also make no sense due arriving and departing aircraft having to fly over densely populated central London. Furthermore there will be a massive cost to taxpayers subsidising the expansion and decades of disruption to the M25 and rail infrastructure.

There is a much better way. This includes:

  • Introducing the new UK regional hub model in place of the outdated central hub model
  • Reducing demand by increasing the use of technology as an alternative to business travel
  • Investing in and incentivising more sustainable rail travel
  • Committing to policies and taxpayer-funded investments that champion the health, well-being, safety and prosperity of Londoners and the rest of the UK