|Airport Capacity Programme - there are 2 reports for this project: 2017, 2018
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|The Airport Capacity Programme's scope encompasses the DfT activities required to enable a decision on a preferred scheme for increased airport capacity and then the DfTs activities required for new capacity to be delivered, including in relation to policy development, surface access and risk mitigation.
|The Amber delivery confidence rating reflects the complexity of the Airport Capacity Programme (the programme) in terms of the political, public, stakeholder and media interest as well as the significant dependencies with other environmental and transport programmes. The programme is at an early stage which is also reflected in the delivery confidence rating.
Resources and governance arrangements are in place to progress the current phase of the programme. In parallel to development and consultation on a draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS), we are also defining the approach to longer term delivery of a new runway, should the decision be taken to designate the NPS.
|In October 2016 the Government announced its support for a new Northwest runway at Heathrow as its preferred scheme for delivering additional airport capacity in the South East.
The end date of the programme has been amended to reflect the Airport Commissions assessment of need for new airport capacity by 2030. This is also in line with the draft Airports NPS published in February 2017 which refers to development anticipated to be required by 2030. If the NPS is designated, Heathrow Airport Limited have stated in their Statement of Principles (published in October 2016) that they expect to start operations in 2026 and this date may be revised as scheme planning progresses
|The variance in 2016/17 was due to changes in the phasing of work in this early stage of the programme. The programmes initial programme budget and resource plan is subject to annual corporate planning, ongoing resource planning and spending reviews.
|Whole Life Cost
|The WLC figure in this report refers to programme and administration spend up to 2020/21 only and Government spend only. The expected timescale for delivery for new airport capacity is the mid to late 2020s so budgets are likely to be extended to cover that period. At present the numbers included are an early forecast.
If the scheme at Heathrow goes ahead, the scheme itself is expected to be designed, built and funded by the private sector. This includes the cost of surface access schemes required to enable a runway to open. Government expects to share the cost of some of the surface access schemes with the private sector where a split of beneficiaries is expected, and the split of costs will be decided through the regulatory processes. Non-Government costs will be included as they are known.
In the current phase of the programme, the administration and programme spend is expected to be made up Civil Service staffing costs, legal advisors, resources to undertake the consultation on the draft National Policy Statement and commercial and financial advisers.
Acknowledgement: GMPP data has been re-used under the Open Government Licence.