Heathrow's third runway will mean 'more domestic airport links'


Edifice a third runway at Heathrow will allow more connecting show a clean pair of heels with other UK airports, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has judged.

He told the Commons that six regional airports could be added to the Heathrow hub network, taking the total to 14.

The new airports are thought to be Belfast, Liverpool, Newquay, Prestwick Humberside, and Durham Tees Valley.

His expansions came as he launched a public consultation on a new runway, unlikely to be operational until 2025.

At the rear October, after years of delay, the government said that construction a third runway at Heathrow was its preferred option for expanding airport perception.

Mr Grayling told the Commons that a third runway would develop tens of thousands of jobs, and be a major boost to the economy as Britain prepares to cause to be the European Union.

“By backing the north-west runway at Heathrow airport and make public our proposals, we are sending a clear signal that when we leave the EU, we are expand for business,” Mr Grayling said.

With the government about to set out its strategy for withdrawal from the EU in a Pallid Paper, Mr Grayling said that a third runway at Heathrow purpose enhance the UK’s global links.

“Leaving the EU is a new chapter for Britain and provides us with a significant opportunity to forge a new role in the world. We are determined to seize that possibility and having the right infrastructure in place will allow us to build a profuse global Britain,” he told MPs.

Alongside his announcement of a “draft policy communication” on Heathrow expansion, Mr Grayling also issued a consultation document on increasing Britain’s air space infrastructure and investing in new technology.

He said it made message to carry out the two consultations together, which will run until 25 May, with the incontrovertible decisions going before Parliament late this year or betimes 2018.


The consultations on Heathrow and air traffic facilities will involve results across the country “because the whole country will benefit,” Mr Grayling averred. He is due in Glasgow later to expand on how travellers and freight users outside the south east England discretion benefit.

The cost of a third runway is estimated to be £22bn, and is forecast to fabricate about 70,000 jobs. An additional 260,000 take-offs or landings devise be permitted each year from the expanded airport, on top of the current cap of 480,000.

The consultation ordain consider such things as pollution, additional rail and road infrastructure such a german autobahnen, and the impact on surrounding towns and villages.

But there is expected to be continued valuable opposition to the third runway proposal.

Earlier, Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Commons and North Kingston, Sarah Olney, accused the government of being “so critical” to reassure businesses about its Brexit plans that it is “willing to steamroller concluded those communities opposed to Heathrow expansion”.

And John Stewart, chairman of anti-Heathrow flourishing group Hacan, said it was important that the government assessed the consultation “in an even-handed way” and turn thumbs down oned the plan if the expected impact on issues such as noise was found to be “too important”.

Roger Harrabin, BBC environment analyst

The biggest long-term environmental dare for aviation is climate change.

The government says a rise in aviation carbon emissions without equal is no reason to reject expansion – unless that increase is so great it hazards breaching the government’s overall carbon targets.

But the government’s official cicerones, the Committee on Climate Change, previously warned that’s exactly what’s proper to happen.

They say growth in aviation emissions will mean woman of the cloths have to squeeze even deeper emissions cuts from other sectors of the thriftiness.

They are already struggling to meet carbon targets in heating and seventh heaven and the committee says it has “very limited confidence” that sectors with steel-making and heavy industry can cut emissions even more to accommodate people wing.

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