A 55-year-old family man from Harmondsworth is embarking on a 400-mile walk to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, where he hopes to speak to the First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon about their support for Heathrow expansion.
With the imminent publication of the Government’s Brexit strategy later, today is, no doubt, a good day to bury bad news. Perhaps no coincidence then that Government will also unveil its key strategy documents for determination of a Third Runway?
The first of several highly anticipated legal challenges to Heathrow expansion was stalled yesterday. A judicial review of the Government’s backing for a Third Runway, brought by four local councils and Greenpeace UK, was dismissed in the High Court yesterday when the judge said he did not have jurisdiction to rule on the issue.
Slough Borough Council has formed a new partnership with Spelthorne Borough Council to ensure the “opportunity” presented by Heathrow expansion is not “squandered”. The two councils are urging other local authorities to join them, suggesting they are “duty-bound” to work with the airport to get the best deal for residents.
Heathrow has begun geeing up airport workers in the past few weeks with internal messages that suggest it could still gain development consent for a new runway as early as 2020.
Truckers warn M25 won’t cope with Third Runway construction traffic, while Highways England expects “excessive customer frustration”
Years of “excessive customer frustration” are ahead for users of the motorway network and local roads. Stark warnings have been issued this week by the Road Hauliers Association and Highways England that construction traffic for a new runway could bring everything to a complete standstill.
Third Runway IS deliverable says Heathrow … but now it’s going to be on a ramp 8 metres above the village!
A Third Runway IS deliverable, said Heathrow, as it welcomed the Government’s decision to support its expansion yesterday. But already there is talk of complex tunnel plans for the M25 being scrapped in favour of an 8 metre high ramp! Chris Grayling confirmed today that Heathrow is considering building its third runway on a slope over the M25.
The Leader of Slough Borough Council, Councillor Sohail Munawar, says the Council is “extremely pleased” with the today’s announcement by the Government that it will support a Third Runway through Colnbrook with Poyle.
A statement issued by the Government this morning confirms that it is backing Heathrow Airport’s North-West option for a new runway through the parish. The Government says its decision, which will be consulted on in the new year, underlines its commitment “to keeping the UK open for business now and in the future and as a hub for tourism and trade”.
The announcement that the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, will make at 12:30pm today is the government’s “preferred option” for airport expansion and “is merely the start of a process” that could take years and face a serious legal challenge, Stop Heathrow Expansion has said today. The group says it still believes that, whatever today’s decision, neither a third runway nor an extension to the existing northern runway will ever be built.