ICE has welcomed news that the Government's commission on UK aviation capacity is to evaluate all possible options and take a 'twin track' approach which balances long and short term needs.
Sir Howard Davies – introducing his panel in London today – noted the wide range of solutions to be considered, saying "I think it is sensible to narrow down the options to see which will seem the most credible".
The Davies Commission will prepare an interim report by the end of 2013, before producing its completed report by 2015 ready for the Government taking office at that time.
Keeping the UK in the game
Commenting on the Terms of Reference for the commission on aviation capacity, ICE Aviation expert, Alex Lake, said:
“The Davies Commission’s is right to adopt a ‘twin track’ approach to this issue, which considers what could be delivered in the short term to keep the UK in the game, in addition to evaluating all options that will maintain the UK’s position as a leading aviation hub in the longer term. We are confident the Commission’s expertise on recent large scale engineering projects – not least the Olympics – will ensure it receives robust advice on the credibility, challenges and deliverability of all the solutions on the table.
“But if any of the recommendations are to become a reality within the required timescales, the Commission must look beyond 2015 and consider the political and governance arrangements for their delivery. In particular, the introduction of an Act of Parliament to create a special, time limited delivery body like the Olympic Delivery Authority. Such a body would be essential in providing focus and leadership for timely and efficient delivery of what will be a hugely complex project.”
ICE and CIHT published a joint aviation strategy vision last week and also called for the commission to look beyond the third runway option.