MPs back Heathrow expansion

The House of Commons Transport Committee has said, in a report today, that the government should reject the Thames Estuary airport plan and expand Heathrow instead.

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Two views on airport expansion

A House of Commons Transport committee report has rejected the Mayor's plans for a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary - saying the public expense would be too great.

MPs also say transport infrastructure wouldn't cope and wildlife habitats would be affected. Instead, it urges the Government to allow expansion at Heathrow with a third, and possibly fourth, runway.

But not everyone's convinced.

John Stewart from the Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise and Louise Ellman from the Commons Transport Select Committee.

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Emma Baker interviews travel expert Simon Calder after Boris Island airport ideas are rejected by MPs

Plans for a new island airport off the Essex coast have been rejected by MPs. Members of the Parliamentary Transport Committee say the proposals, backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, are unworkable without public investment and would also have an impact on wildlife in the Thames estuary.

The committee also recommended at least one new runway at Heathrow and better rail links to Stansted Airport in Essex. Emma Baker spoke to travel expert Simon Calder asking him what the news means for our other airports in the East.

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Mayor defends 'Boris Island' idea

Boris Johnson has defended his idea of building an island in the Thames Estuary, saying that a third runway at Heathrow would be "obsolete" by the time it was built.

He added that today's report made plain that advocates of this solution were effectively calling for a four-runway Heathrow, which he said would be "environmentally and politically undeliverable".

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MPs reject plans for Essex island airport

Artist's impression of the island airport

Plans for a new island airport off the Essex coast have been rejected by MPs.

Members of the Parliamentary Transport Committee say the proposals, backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, are unworkable without public investment and would also have an impact on wildlife.

The committee also recommended at least one new runway at Heathrow and better rail links to Stansted Airport.

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