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Could Heathrow get runway 3?

A third runway for Heathrow? Photo:

A third runway could be built at Heathrow according to newspaper reports.It is claimed the Government is again looking at the plan following a campaign by airlines who say lack of expansion could cost the economy billions of pounds and thousands of jobs.According to The Independent newspaper Chancellor George Osborne is again considering the proposal.The Government had ruled the scheme out on the basis it would lead to hundreds of homes being demolished and more noise over Berkshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.Campaigners say the Government had pledged not to expand Heathrow and to go back on that would be "nothing short of betrayal".A government consultation looking at future airport expansion, including Gatwick and a new airport in the Thames Estuary, was delayed last week. It will not begin before the summer.It is now thought the Heathrow scheme is being looked at again on the basis expansion could benefit the national economy and jobs.The Government say options for the future of airport expansion will begin later in the year.