I am pleased to report that following my lobbying and the lobbying of others about the new noisier routes being trialled to and from Heathrow, the airport has decided to curtail the trials. They were to run to 26 January but will now stop on 12 November, giving us a quieter Christmas period.
I have stressed in my representations that we want the airport to adopt new routes and timetables that cut the noise footprint, avoiding hours when people are usually asleep. There are ways of getting planes into and out of the airport with steeper flight paths that can help. Quieter engines will help over time.
We also need to tackle the shortage of runway capacity so we do not need night flights, and have sufficient space for planes to land promptly on arrival in UK airspace. It does look as if all the main political parties now agree we need decisions on airport capacity quickly after the General Election.