Decision of Third Heathrow Runway Delayed
The battle over plans to expand London’s airports continues. The British government last week said it was postponing a decision on where it will expand airport capacity in the London area until the middle of 2016 and asked for additional studies that would look at air quality, noise, and other environmental concerns.
Earlier this year, the Airports Commission had recommended that the government approve a third runway at Heathrow, declining to green light rival proposals including the addition of a second runway at Gatwick.
Prime Minister David Cameron had promised to select one of the two airports for an expansion, something that business leaders in the region argue is a necessity for economic growth.
“The case for aviation expansion is clear, but it’s vitally important we get the decision right so that it will benefit generations to come. We will undertake more work on environmental impacts, including air quality, noise and carbon,” said Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
While running for election in 2010, Cameron had pledged that there would be no third runway at Heathrow “no ifs, no buts.” Some observers are suggesting that the delay this week is to avoid embarrassment in upcoming elections.
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