FOI request detail

Campaigns against Heathrow expansion

Request ID: FOI-0039-2021
Date published: 01 May 2020

You asked

I would like to submit a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information: 1: Full disclosure of all money spent by the council, including as part of the 2M group or any other coalition of councils, on campaigning against Heathrow expansion, including but not limited to research, legal services, public relations, advertising, marketing, community engagement, referendums, consultations and stakeholders relations in the period. 2: Full disclosure of support (both in funding and in kind) given to the following groups between September 2018 to March 2020: HACAN Stop Heathrow Expansion (SHE) AirportWatch 2M group Teddington Action Group Brentford Noise Ealing Aircraft Noise Action Group Chiswick Against Third Runway Residents Against Aircraft Noise Berkshire BASH Runway 3 Slough & District Against Runway 3 Englefield Green Action Group Hammersmith & Fulham No 3rd Runway Richmond Heathrow Campaign

We answered

Our ref: FOI-0039-2021/GH 


Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 7 April 2020 asking for information about campaigning against Heathrow expansion. 


Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold the information you require. 


In accordance with the Mayor’s decision recorded here a total of £452,336 has been spent by TfL on external legal fees on behalf of the Mayor, in connection with his Judicial Review challenge of the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) for Heathrow expansion. Aside from the Judicial Review challenge, there have been no monies spent campaigning against Heathrow expansion or the designated Airports NPS, nor has any support (funding or in kind) been given to any campaign groups, including those listed. 


If this is not the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


The Government has announced a series of measures to tackle the Coronavirus. It is essential for London, and in particular for all critical workers, that we continue to provide a safe transport network that enables them to make the journeys they need to.  

In current circumstances, we are not able to answer FOI requests readily and we ask that you please do not make a request to us at present. 


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Yours sincerely 


Graham Hurt 

FOI Case Officer 

FOI Case Management Team 

General Counsel 

Transport for London


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