Government confirms third Heathrow runway

Government confirms third Heathrow runway

Heathrow Airport (Getty)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Government has confirmed it has given the green light to a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Ministers made the decision in favour of Heathrow rather than expand its main rival in the south-east, Gatwick.

The decision had been widely expected with various outlets reporting that Heathrow was likely to win the vote. The announcement was scheduled to be made at 12.30 but was brought forward.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling issued a statement in the wake of the decision. 

He said: "The step that government is taking today is truly momentous. I am proud this government is taking decisive action to secure the UK’s place in the global aviation market – securing jobs and business opportunities for the next decade and beyond."

Theresa May has given her ministers the right to oppose the decision and Boris Johnson immediately did so in the aftermath of the announcement. Zac Goldsmith, the MP whose Richmond Park constituency lies beneath the Heathrow flightpath, has resigned in protest.

A number of campaigners have already made it clear they will oppose the government if they chose to expand Heathrow.

More to follow.