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Expansion of Heathrow Airport 'not ruled out'

Passengers queue to check in and to re-book tickets at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport Credit: Press Association Images

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has refused to rule out Heathrow airport expansion after 2015 and insisted David Cameron would not be betraying voters if a third runway is built after the next election.

The Government-appointed Airports Commission is due to publish an interim report containing a short-list of options for extra runways at UK airports this week. There has been speculation that the commission will include options for a third or even a fourth runway at Heathrow.

London Mayor Boris Johnson and prominent Tory backbencher Zac Goldsmith have said any decision from the Prime Minister to back Heathrow expansion would represent an "off-the-scale betrayal".


MP welcomes £4.2m transport project at Bisham

Theresa May MP welcomes new infrastructure Credit: MP's website

The MP for Maidenhead Theresa May has welcomed the Transport Secretary's announcement of new investment in the A404 at Bisham. The Government has approved a scheme costing £4.2m to alleviate congestion on the road. It would see the Bisham roundabout being converted to a crossroads with signals.

The MP, who is also the Home Secretary said: “This is very welcome news and will help to tackle congestion on the A404 at Bisham, which is a constant source of frustration to local residents. The Government is right to invest in infrastructure and to support our vital transport links.”

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Tory Conference: Transport Secretary talks 'Boris Island' & HS2

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the Tory Conference "Boris wants an island - I want an answer". He was talking about the Government's decision to set up an independent commission to look at the future of aviation. He said nothing is ruled out.

He also repeated the Government's commitment to HS2. He said the best technology would be used to minimise the environmental impact and said people living on the route would be "compensated properly."

The Transport Secretary insisted the line would eventually help to bring rail journey times from Scotland to London to 3 hours.