Responding to the Government’s approval for a third runway at Heathrow airport, UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour said: "I’ve always been opposed to this blinkered idea that building a third runway at Heathrow is the only real solution to our aviation issues. We should be expanding capacity at all of our regional airports across the UK instead – places such as Birmingham, for example, which has plenty of capacity for growth without the need for an extra runway.
"But whatever people’s views about the expansion of Heathrow, it’s vital now that the Government cracks on with delivering what we seem to have been talking about for years. Other countries have built entire new airports while the UK Government has been pontificating about what to do over the Heathrow third runway issue. It’s been a case of too much talk, and not enough action.”
She added: "I feel for the people living around the Heathrow area, who have been watching and waiting for nearly 20 years now, uncertain about what the future holds for them. To make them wait another year before this comes to Parliament is a complete dereliction of care towards all of those whose lives are being impacted.
"No, UKIP doesn't support Heathrow, but like a Remain supporter after the referendum, we accept the decision and demand that the Government get on with it."
David Kurten AM, who speaks on Transport for the UKIP Group in the London Assembly, added, “As a Londoner I feel passionately about this. Gatwick was by far the best choice for a new runway in London, and has cross-party support on the London Assembly. A new runway at Gatwick will not cost anything to taxpayers, and is already well linked in to existing roads and railways. It can be built far more quickly that a new runway at Heathrow, and the opening of the new Thameslink tracks through central London in 2018 will make it even more widely accessible with direct links to Cambridge and the Midlands.
"On the other hand, Heathrow will cause devastating noise and air pollution problems for hundreds of thousands of residents of densely populated areas of London and Berkshire. It is ridiculous to build a new runway to improve a city if you are going to make life in that city a permanent hell for residents who live under its flight path. It will also cost up to £20 billion to the taxpayer in building new roads to access the airport.
"This is the wrong decision for London and the South East, but a decision has been made, and we need to get on with it. It will be my job to ensure that is done with the best safeguards possible for the local population".