Transport Select Committee: Stop dithering and expand Heathrow

The Transport Select Committee today urged the Government to stop the “dithering” and approve a third runway at Heathrow.

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In its third report on Airport Expansion in the South East, the Transport Select Committee said:

“Expansion at Heathrow offers the greatest economic benefit and would do more to improve connectivity internationally and within the UK. We recognise that local residents and environmental campaigners have raised legitimate concerns; these deserve serious consideration.

“We do not under-estimate the scale of the challenge but we believe that the noise and environmental effects can be managed as part of the pre-construction phase after a decision has been made on location, as can the challenge of improving surface access and devising suitable schemes for compensation for residents in affected communities.

“It is vital that a decision is taken. We recommend that the Government take a decision on location at the earliest possible opportunity. We would prefer that decision to be for the construction of a third runway at Heathrow, together with the package of accompanying measures recommended by the Airports Commission.”

A national asset that benefits every nation and region of Britain:

Commenting on the Transport Select Committe’s report on airport expansion in the South East, a Heathrow spokesperson said:

“The real, independent evidence continues to point towards Heathrow. The Transport Committee and the Prime Minister’s Airports Commission have confirmed that an expanded Heathrow will be an economic powerhouse driving jobs creation across the UK and fuelling a boom in British exports.

“Families and businesses across the nation are counting on the Prime Minister to secure Britain’s long term future. Only an expanded Heathrow delivers and now is the time to make it happen.”

Labelled runways

Select Committee Chairman Louise Ellman MP said “The government must make up its mind. The decision on location is not the end of the process, it is the start of one.”

“Real progress cannot begin until the location is declared. Work on environmental issues can run in parallel with other pre-construction work.”

The Transport Select Committee’s full report  on airport expansion in the South East can be found here

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