Heathrow runway works mean more noise for Kew and Barnes
There will be increased aircraft noise for people under the flightpath, due to runway resurfacing work.
Due to works to resurface the southern runway, all night flights will be landing on the northern runway – with flight paths bringing them in directly over Kew and Barnes – for most of the summer.
A Heathrow spokesman said: “We are sorry for any disruption caused by the essential runway resurfacing work, which happens around once a decade.
“There will be no increase in the overall number of flights but it does unfortunately mean people under the northern runway flight path will have more noise during the early morning whilst those near the southern runway will have less.”
Heathrow encourages airlines to fly their quietest planes during the night by charging more for noisier aircrafts and offers sound insulation to people affected.
Leader of the council Lord True, who has arranged for a borough-wide ballot on Heathrow expansion to take place in May, said anyone disturbed by night flights should protest.
He said: “While I understand the need to resurface the runways to maintain safety, Heathrow should not put so many people through the ordeal of weeks or months of broken sleep, with 4.30am wake up calls and insufferable noise.
“When works are under way, there should be a no more night flights rule on any flight path – and if that means some services will have to be stopped or rescheduled during resurfacing, then that would be the least we should expect of Heathrow’s arrogant management.”
The work, which will see changes to the pattern of night flights from March 3 to October 31, is essential but comes at a time of strong opposition to Heathrow expansion.
Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith has asked ministers for Richmond residents to have their say on the current night flight regime and has been working closely with Richmond Heathrow Campaign.