In a historic moment for not only the area surrounding Heathrow but for the whole of the UK, MPs voted in favour for Heathrow expansion by 415 votes to 119 – a majority of 296.

In a vote which was called “a truly historic decision that will open the doors to a new era in the UK’s global trading relationships” by business group the CBI, MPs have voted in favour of Heathrow expansion.

It’s a debate which has been simmering for years as capacity runs out in London’s airports and the decision to allow Heathrow to make it’s much needed expansions certainly has it’s opponents.

In an impassioned speech, Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell warned that villages that had existed for 1,000 years would be “wiped off the face of the earth” to enable a company to maximise its profits.

“There are human costs to this decision that this House needs to recognise and contemplate before they vote tonight to worry and blight my community once again on a programme that will never – pardon the pun – take off,” he told MPs.

The expansion’s environmental repercussions is what has most people shouting against it, as it will be creating even more noise and air pollution in an area which already struggles with the levels generated by the airport. However, MPs have clearly decided that the huge benefits of Heathrow expansion outweigh the downfalls.

The third runway is expected to bring up to £187 billion in economic growth benefits across the country and create a massive 180,000 new jobs across the UK. The third runway will also drastically increase the UK’s international competitiveness at a time when maintaining Britain’s place in the economic landscape has become more important than ever.

Operating at 98% capacity has been constraining Britain’s growth for over a decade. Expansion will help the UK maintain its status as an international hub for aviation, and to support Britain in the competition to stay at the heart of the global economy. The massive number of extra flights and routes created will also make Britain a quicker place to travel around, increasing accessibility nationally and also internationally.

It also presents to opportunity to open new routes to emerging markets in Asia and South America, which could lead to new business and trade agreements in areas that Britain does not currently trade with.

New Heathrow plan

New Heathrow plan

So what is the plan for the runway?

The plans include a third runway and two new passenger terminals and transport hubs – Heathrow West and Heathrow East (an extended Terminal 2).

Another big aspect of the expansion is the improvement of transport links to the airport; there is a desire to make public transport the most efficient way to get to Heathrow, whereas currently taxis remain the most popular. Heathrow’s rail capacity is set to treble from 18 to 40 trains (equivalent to 5,000 to 15,000 seats) an hour. With improvements to bus and coach services, 30 million more people will travel to Heathrow by public transport in 2030.

New Terminal plan for Heathrow

New Terminal plan for Heathrow

For us here at Dakota, a brand new premium office space in Weybridge, we see this decision as hugely significant for the wider area around Heathrow. The improved transport links will make our location better connected than ever before and the investment pouring into the area will only see further jobs created pointing to sustainable growth and a bright future.

As London fills up, the city and it’s people are looking to come further out and our excellent office space, well connected to London, provides new businesses with a fantastic opportunity to set up and grow, riding on the wave of a good local economy due to the Heathrow investment, whilst still very much having a finger on London’s pulse.

For more information about Dakota Weybridge, get in touch with us and we’d be happy to talk you through why Dakota is the place for you.