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Heathrow runway could be built in south west

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Heathrow Airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Bosses at Heathrow Airport are expected to present plans to build a third runway south west of the airport, to a government commission tomorrow.

The Heathrow runway proposals will be presented to the Whitehall-appointed Airports Commission headed by former Financial Services Authority chairman Sir Howard Davies.

Heathrow's Chief Executive is expected to stay that building the new runway in Surrey would mean that fewer properties would need to be demolished.

Read: Boris Johnson proposes new plans for airport in the south east

Boris' choice over airport plans

London Mayor Boris Johnson has turned his back on his own idea for a Kent island airport. His favoured option is now a four-runway hub airport on reclaimed land on the Isle of Grain.

The Mayor is submitting his preferred options to the independent Airports Commission which will advise the government on how to tackle the problem of overcapacity at London's major airports.

If not Grain, Mr Johnson says the island airport or expanding Stansted would be the next-best options.

We speak to Boris Johnson and Medway council leader Rodney Chambers.

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Boris backs away from Island plans

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The mayor appears to have changed his mind over plans for an estuary airport Credit: PA Images

Boris Johnson is set to hold a press conference later setting out his preferred options for a new airport in the south east. Boris announced yesterday he was moving away from the idea of an airport on an island in the Thames Estuary.

He told the Sunday Times he preferred plans for a four-runway airport on the Isle of Grain, an idea originally conceived by the architect Sir Norman Foster.

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Boris: Third runway 'totally nuts'

Boris Johnson today urged the Government to resist the "great Moloch of aviation capacity" and rule out a third runway at Heathrow before the next election. At a rally against expansion, he said it would be "totally nuts" for the Conservatives to go to the polls without having buried the idea.

He said: "It is just too difficult to deliver - 15 years at least it would take to bring about.

"Above all you would be inflicting noise pollution not just on west London but on huge parts of London that don't even know they are going to be affected.

"That is not the right way forward for the greatest city on earth."The protest in Barnes, west London, attracted around 1,000 residents who live under the airport's flight path.

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Boris to attend Heathrow rally

Mayor of London Boris Johnson will today attend a cross-party rally against the highly controversial proposal to build a third runway at Heathrow airport.

Organisers say they expect thousands to turn out for the protest in Barnes, west London, to voice their opposition to expansion of the travel hub.

The Mayor has previously accused David Cameron of kicking the matter "into the long grass" by delaying an independent report on the future of aviation until after the next election.

He favours a new "Boris island" airport in the Thames Estuary or possible expansion at Stansted.

Former transport secretary Justine Greening is expected to make her first speech on Heathrow since she was moved to international development in September's Cabinet reshuffle amid speculation that it was due to her stance on the issue.

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