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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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Drone flown just metres from Heathrow passenger jet

An example of what the drone could have looked like Credit: ITV News

A drone was flown within a few metres of a passenger jet landing at Heathrow Airport, continuing a recent spate of near-misses.

The pilot of the Airbus A319 stated that the drone may have been just 20 feet above and 25 yards to the left when it passed by the aircraft on September 30th.

Officials said that the drone was flown against Civil Aviation Authority regulations because it did not have permission to be above 400 feet within the Heathrow CTR control zone.

The incident was put in the most serious risk category

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