Jun 5, 2018

Heathrow Airport: Cabinet set for new runway decision

Senior ministers will gather in Downing Street this morning to approve what amounts to outline planning permission for a third runway at Heathrow Airport. The economic sub-committee, chaired by Theresa May, is expected to sign off the expansion plan, and then send it for approval by the full cabinet. Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson, who is MP for Uxbridge and Hillingdon in west London, has long been opposed to Heathrow expansion on both economic and environmental grounds and has vowed to "Lie down in front of bulldozers" to prevent it. Plenty of Tory MPs have long held objections to Heathrow and they will be made loudly on the backbenches in the weeks to come. Heathrow's owners say a new runway would cost £14bn and increase its capacity from 85.5 million to 130 million passengers.

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