LHR GREEN LIGHT

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THE BRI­TISH PAR­LIA­MENT has ap­proved plans to ex­pand Heathrow Air­port, a project whose cen­ter­piece is a third run­way. Un­der the pro­posal, pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity at Heathrow could jump from nearly 80 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year to 110 mil­lion by 2030. The pro­posed new airstrip would cross over Lon­don's con­gested M25 mo­tor­way, and could re­sult in the de­mo­li­tion of some 750 homes in nearby vil­lages.

How­ever, the project still faces sig­nif­i­cant hur­dles. The air­port is Europe’s busiest and op­er­ates close to ca­pac­ity, but crit­ics say that the plan is en­vi­ron­men­tally un­sound. Some op­po­nents have tried to make the case for de­vel­op­ing some of Heathrow's ri­val air­ports. With­out ex­pan­sion, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials say Lon­don's air­ports will reach ca­pac­ity by 2034.

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