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Early morning noise respite trial has ended

Between 5 November 2012 and 31 March 2013, a trial was run by Heathrow in conjunction with noise pressure group HACAN, British Airways and NATS in response to residents’ concerns about early morning arrivals . It aimed to give residents in specific areas relief from early morning aircraft noise by introducing zones which would be avoided by aircraft at the most sensitive time of the day.

What were the results of the trial?

An independent report concluded that the trials brought noise respite to approximately 100,000 people living under the Heathrow flight paths in South-East and East London as well as many residents of Berkshire. The trial, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, also had some unforeseen consequences.  Some areas, such as Brockley in South East London saw an increase in night flights.  Also during the trial aircraft joined the approach paths further from touchdown in order to avoid overflying the exclusion zones. This in turn resulted in the areas between the zones being overflown more during the trial.

Click on the links below to read the reports of the trial.

Summary report (1.53 MB)

Final report (29.1 MB)


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