Plans to double the size of one of Heathrow Airport's existing runways will go on show at a series of public meetings in the new year.       

Heathrow Hub will display its vision in Harmondsworth, Ealing, Datchet, Staines, Iver, Windsor, Colnbrook and Cranford in January.

The plans involve extending the length of the airport's northern runway to more than four miles, which campaigners say will reduce night-time noise over West London.

The proposal is one of three being considered by the Airports Commission. It is up against plans for building a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick.

The plans have been shown in national newspaper advertisements

Captain William ‘Jock’ Lowe, Concorde’s longest-serving pilot, is leading the Heathrow Hub concept.

He said: “Our independent proposal to extend the northern runway provides numerous advantages for the local community and we believe this makes our plan the most compelling choice for both those who live near to Heathrow and for the whole of the UK. Our proposal requires less land and means protecting the local communities. Our plan will also mean early morning landings are shifted 2.5 miles to the west, reducing noise over West London.”

Under the proposals, planes would fly 800ft higher than they currently do

Under the plans, the extended runway would be divided into two sections, separated by a 650-metre buffer zone, allowing planes to land on one part while others take off from the other.

A section of the M25 would need re-routing into a tunnel beneath the runway, which the plans' architects say would provide the opportunity to widen the road and ease traffic flows.

They say it would cost significantly less than building a third runway, which they claim would allow for higher compensation for those affected, and could be finished by 2023.

Those behind the plans say they would reduce noise over West London by shifting flight paths further west

Artists' impressions have been shown in national newspaper advertisements over the past week.

Now they will go on show at public meetings, starting in Harmondsworth (see full timetable below).

Mr Lowe said: “Heathrow Hub’s local community exhibitions will begin in January 2015 in towns and villages surrounding Heathrow and will provide residents with important detail on our proposal and what this means for their local communities. We very much look forward to welcoming local residents in the new year.”

Captain William Jock Lowe, Concordes longest-serving pilot, is leading the Heathrow Hub concept


12/01/15 - St Marys Church Harmondsworth, St Mary's Vicarage, High Street, Harmondsworth, Middlesex. UB7 0AQ. 13.00-20.00

13/01/15 - Datchet Village Hall, 3 Allen Way, Datchet, SL3 9HR. 13.00-20.00

14/01/15 - Wraysbury Village Hall, Wraysbury Village Halls, The Green, Wraysbury, Staines, TW19 5NA. 13.00-20.00

15/01/15 - Richings Park Sports Club, Richings Park, Wellesley Avenue, Iver, Buckinghamshire, SL0 9BN. 13.00-20.00

19/01/15 - Windsor Leisure Centre, Clewer Mead, Stovell Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 5JB. 13.00-20.00

20/01/15 - Colnbrook Village Hall, Colnbrook Village Hall, Vicarage Way, Colnbrook, Berkshire, SL3 0RF. 13.00-18.00

21/01/15 - Cranford Baptist Church Hall, 1 Firs Drive, Cranford, Middlesex, TW5 9TA. 13.00-18.00

22/01/15 - Christ the Saviour Parish Church Hall, Christ the Saviour Parish Church, New Broadway, Ealing, London, W5 2XA. 13.00-18.00