A decision at last
But was Heathrow the right choice?
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After decades of indecision, the Government this week gave the go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow to increase airport capacity in the Southeast. Ministers said they supported the findings of last year’s report by the independent Airports Commission, which favoured expansion at Heathrow rather than Gatwick. They also rejected a proposal to extend an existing Heathrow runway. Welcoming the £17.6bn project, Theresa May said it would show the world that post-Brexit Britain will be an “open, global, successful country”. The announcement was immediately denounced by antiHeathrow campaigners. Among them were London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, who said the expansion would be “devastating” for air quality across the capital; Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who described the project as “undeliverable”; and Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative MP for Richmond Park, in west London, who resigned in protest. He plans to stand again as an independent candidate. MPs must now approve the scheme; they will vote on it late next year or in early 2018.
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