After considering a wide range of alternatives, we have identified three options for a second runway at Gatwick

Common features to all three options:

• The new runway’s length would be 3.4km;
• The new runway would be south of the existing runway and parallel to it;
• Cargo and aircraft maintenance facilities would be located in the northern area of the airport;
• The River Mole would be diverted to the west of the airport and the A23 diverted to the east;
• All long-stay car parking would be located east of the railway.

Differences between the options:

• The distance between the runways;
• Whether or not to build a new terminal between the two runways;
• The way the runways would be used;
• How many passengers would use the airport;
• The amount of land we would need.

Read more about our three options...


Read more about how our proposals will affect transportthe environmentnoise and the economy.

Our evaluation of the options

We have reached the provisional view that Option 3 has the best performance overall, followed by Option 2, then Option 1.

Whilst Option 1 has the lowest overall environmental impact, Option 3 brings the greatest social and economic benefits, greatest operational efficiency, and lower impacts per passenger.

Option 2 brings greater social and economic benefits and operational efficiency than Option 1, but performs less well than Option 3 in these elements. Option 2 also has lower impacts per passenger than Option 1.