Plans for new ‘rapid exit taxiway’ at airport
30th August 2019 – Crawley Observer
By Sarah Page
Plans to build a new ‘rapid exit taxiway’ near Gatwick Airport’s main runway were due to be put before Crawley Borough Council’s planning committee last night.
Gatwick owners were consulting the council on the proposals which they said
would reduce delays caused when aircraft had to go around’ because a previous aircraft had not vacated the runway.
It would provide an additional fast exit route off the runway and could mean an extra 11 aircraft operations a day.
But members of the environment group Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions (CAGNE) said it could lead to increased aircraft noise and they fear its effect on air quality.
The group said it was challenging Crawley Borough Council to ‘uphold their pledge to climate emergency.’
The climate emergency was declared last month.
Members put politics aside and pledged unanimously to cut the council’s carbon emissions by at least 45 per cent by 2030 and to zero by 2050.