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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