UK aviation set to face more delay and uncertainty

ICE Director General comments on the Government’s announcement to delay a decision on airport expansion in the South East of England.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Director General, Nick Baveystock, said:

“Government commissioned a comprehensive review to establish the best expansion option for the UK, and this resulted in a clear recommendation. It is right that Heathrow responds to the Commission’s recommendation for a package of measures to address its environmental impacts, but this does not warrant a delay in government’s decision. What was needed was a bold, strategic decision on the country’s future hub capacity. Disappointingly we now face yet more delay and uncertainty.”

Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 88,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.