Aircraft noise may be limitedBy Hugh Fort
January 08, 2009
The skies above Wokingham could become a lot quieter if the Government decides to tinker with its proposals for the expansion of Heathrow Airport.
A report published by National Aircraft Traffic Services suggests the borough could benefit from the Government’s plans to change approaching planes’ flight paths, meaning fewer would pass over Wokingham.
The new flight paths, if approved, would be phased in from 2010 and are in response to the proposed expansion of the airport.
Under the proposals, the points at which aircraft turn to make their final approach to the airport will be moved eight miles further from the airport, changing the route – effectively to the west of Reading – and taking many planes away from the borough’s skies.
However, the Department for Transport (DfT) said the idea had not yet been approved and the Government will not be making any decision over Heathrow and its suggested third runway until the end of the month.
Wokingham’s MP John Redwood, who is against any expansion at Heathrow, welcomed the idea of less aircraft noise over the town.
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