1. ITV Report

Consultation put back

Airports like Heathrow are full and under pressure Photo: PA

A consultation on the future of airport expansion in our region has been delayed by the Government.

It means passengers, residents and campaigners, both for and against, are going to have to wait for a decision over plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary - and the possible expansion at Gatwick.

The Department for Transport says a consultation exercise will now not start before the late summer.

Airports like Heathrow are full and airlines have long been pushing for expansion. The Government had said it would consult on extra capacity in in South East in late March.

It has already ruled out a third runway at Heathrow but indicated it would look at an Estuary airport.

Plans for a rail link between Heathrow and Gatwick may also be considered to help ease the squeeze at the West London hub.