Azara Blog: The government says it wants new runways at Heathrow and Stansted

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Date published: 2006/12/14

The BBC says:

The government has reaffirmed its commitment to airport expansion plans despite opposition from green groups.

Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander told MPs the government was committed to a third, short runway at Heathrow airport and a new runway at Stansted.

The "progress report" on the 2003 Aviation White Paper has angered environmentalists, who want a curb on flights and expansion.

The Tories said Labour's air policy clashed with its climate change stance.

The White Paper proposed a new runway at Stansted by 2011-12 and a third runway at Heathrow, subject to meeting environmental targets, around the middle of the next decade.

The Stansted timetable has slipped and there was a further complication last month when Uttlesford Council turned down airport owner BAA's planning application to increase passenger numbers to 35 million a year.

This application did not include the new runway, for which a separate application will have to be put forward.

How bizarre, the government has told the hysterical anti-airport chattering classes, including the NIMBYs and so-called environmentalists, to get lost. Who would have thought the government had the nerve. Of course since the Tories and Lib Dems have already announced that only rich people should be allowed to fly, these expansion plans will probably be dropped after the next election.

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