Boris Johnson has told ITV News that the Airport Commission's proposals for a third runway at Heathrow will lead to a massive increase in noise and air pollution over London and suggested little has changed since the West London airport's first plans for redevelopment three years ago.
The Mayor of London seemed wary that the planned expansion would lead to the erosion of a night flight ban and eventually a fourth runway, which Mr Johnson said would be a "real disaster".
Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, who is seeking nomination as the party's candidate for London mayor and has been a vocal opponent of a third runway, said:
It's not going to happen. I don't think anyone believes Heathrow expansion is possible or deliverable politically. There are conditions in this report on air quality and noise pollution that are irreconcilable with Heathrow expansion.
Mr Goldsmith said he would honour his pledge to stand down as an MP and force a by-election in his Richmond Park constituency if a Conservative government gives the green light to the third runway option.
Labour MP John McDonnell, whose Hayes and Harlington constituency includes Heathrow, said:
My community has been absolutely betrayed by David Cameron who said 'No ifs, no buts, no third runway'.
We will fight with every mechanism available, including political lobbying, legal action and where necessary direct action to save our homes and community.
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Business and trade unions appear to have broadly welcomed the prospect of a third runway at Heathrow Airport in West London.
Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, said:
Heathrow is a global freight hub and the clear preference for manufacturers with a business need for aviation expansion. Today's recommendation that Heathrow should be allowed to expand is the right one for industry and the country.
Boris Johnson has said that he is "disappointed" with the Airport Commission's recommendations and predicted that a third runway at Heathrow would never be built.
In a tweet the Mayor of London said: "Davies commission pro Heathrow is disappointing - compounds not solves issue - destined for vertical filing as 3rd r/way will never be built."
Davies commission pro Heathrow is disappointing - compounds not solves issue - destined for vertical filing as 3rd r/way will never be built
The recommendation for a new runway at Heathrow Airport sparked fresh debate on the environmental impact of the plan and stirred up further political debate.
Local campaigners and environmental groups vowed to continue their protests against the expansion, as business leaders broadly welcomed the plans.
Green groups attacked the announcement because of the likely impact on the environment.
Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said:
A third runway at Heathrow is an environmental and political minefield. It would jeopardise the UK's climate targets, worsen air pollution in London, and open up a political can of worms for David Cameron.
London Underground have urged the unions to "keep talking" in order to solve the disputes over pay related to the introduction of the Night Tub. In a statement to ITV News London, Steve Griffiths, London Underground's Chief Operating Officer said:
Londoners and businesses overwhelmingly back the Night Tube. It will make life easier for everyone, cut journey times, create jobs and boost the economy.
Most of our staff will not be affected by the new services at all because it affects only five of eleven lines. Some staff will actually work fewer nights than they do now because we have hired 137 more train operators specifically for the Night Tube.
The train staff who will be affected are being asked to work around an additional seven nights each year on average, with no increase in their total current hours. No-one is being asked to work more hours.
In return, we are offering a realistic pay increase this year and next, as well as an additional payment for Night Tube working. We are ready to negotiate, but any increase must be sustainable and fair. I urge the Trade Unions to keep talking to us to achieve a settlement.
Underground workers who are part of the TSSA Union have also voted for strike action, as part of an ongoing dispute with London Underground. The news comes just hours after RMT union members also voted to strike.
General Secretary Manuel Cortes said 76% of balloted members voted for strikes, whilst 88% voted for other forms of strike action.
We hope that this result will show Boris Johnson just how angry our members are at his plans to try and rush the start of the night Tube without any detailed agreement on manning levels.
Under plans we have been shown so far, some Zone 3 stations will be left with just one staff member on duty in the middle of the night. That is no way to run a service which prides itself on safety and security.
We want to reach a deal which safeguards both passengers and staff. We will be hoping to reach agreement on that in the coming days.