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May: Heathrow expansion shows UK 'open' after Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May Credit: PA

The decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow shows Britain can be an open, global, and successful country after it leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has said.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Ms May said the decision showed the Government was willing to "take the big decisions".

"Airport expansion is vital for the economic future of the whole of the UK," Ms May said.

"Businesses will know that we are building the infrastructure they need to access global markets.

"This decision demonstrates that as we leave the EU we can make a success of Brexit and Britain can be that open, global, successful country we all want it to be."

Ms May continued that while the Government wanted the benefits of a new runway as quickly as possible, it would also a make sure London and taxpayers got a good deal.

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Government to propose Heathrow noise targets

A plane flies over homes near Heathrow. Credit: PA

The Government is to propose legally binding noise targets to provide respite for people living near Heathrow after a third runway was given the go ahead.

The Department for Transport added they would also propose a six-and-a-half hour ban on scheduled night flights from the airport.

The Department for Transport continued that the Government would publish a document in the new year on why Heathrow was the right choice, and that an additional study showed a new runway would be deliverable within air quality limits.

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Grayling: Third runway is Britain's best option post-Brexit

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said building a third runway at Heathrow is the "clearest sign that this country is open for business" after the referendum.

He told ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship the Government's announcement was a "really big decision for this country".

We've thought long and hard about this. There were three very good options on the table but we believe a third runway at Heathrow is the best option for our future, it's the best for the whole country - it's going to create better connectivity to the different regions of the United Kingdom - and to provide the best trade links to the world.

– Transport Secretary Chris Grayling

Asked why the whole Cabinet couldn't support the project, Mr Grayling said: "It would be impossible to deliver a project like this without some people disagreeing with the strategy."

He said the third runway would "absolutely" be built.

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Government confirms £17.6bn Heathrow third runway

The Heathrow expansion plans pledge to generate about 77,000 new jobs by 2030. Credit: PA

The Government has confirmed it has chosen to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport as its preferred airport expansion project.

The Department for Transport announced the £17.6 billion project after a Cabinet meeting of the airport sub-committee chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May.

The other shortlisted options - to extend an existing runway at Heathrow or build a second runway at Gatwick - were rejected in favour of a decision that will see more than 780 homes demolished in west London.

Fierce opponents of Heathrow expansion within Cabinet, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Justine Greening, will both speak out at the decision after being cleared by Mrs May to air their dissent.

The Government announcement ends more than a year of uncertainty since the Davies Commission came out in favour of Heathrow's third runway.

A public consultation will be held on the impact of the expansion before the final decision is put to MPs for a vote in the winter of 2017/18, with the runway unlikely to be in use before 2025.

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Protesters block mock runway as airport decision looms

Protests have been held at Westminster as the Government prepares to announce its long-awaited decision on airport expansion.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is expected to confirm plans for a third runway at Heathrow after a Cabinet meeting.

Activists from Reclaim the Power and Plane Stupid protested the airport expansion plans at Westminster. Credit: PA
The protesters blocked a mock runway on College Green outside the Houses of Parliament. Credit: PA
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