Heathrow 'needs 3rd runway'

Capacity constraints at Heathrow Airport are restricting growth, according to a new report by MPs which calls for the Government to reverse its position and support a new runway. MP Tim Yeo challenged the PM on the issue yesterday.

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Tory MP: UK needs 'new hub not third runway'

Stephen Hammond, Conservative MP for Wimbledon, disagreed with Tim Yeo, head of the Commons energy and climate change committee, that a third runway should be built at Heathrow. However he said that the country should build a new hub.

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Note to Tim Yeo analysis ok conclusion wrong Need to build a new hub not R3

London 'already extremely well connected'

Greg Hands, Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham, said he is against a third runway at Heathrow but in favour of a new Thames Estuary airport.

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London is already extremely well connected, better than Frankfurt or Amsterdam. Eg more than dozen Polish destinations from London airports.

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Frankfurt is better connected with Russia, but London best for India and Western Hemisphere. Africa and China about equal.

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Transport Sec: 'Cross-party consensus against third Heathrow runway'

The Transport Secretary Justine Greening has told BBC Breakfast that she is against a third runway at Heathrow, after a strong attack on the Prime Minister over the issue by the Conservative chair of the Commons energy and climate change committee.

I think there's a cross-party political consensus that a third runway at Heathrow is not the right thing to do.

– Transport Secretary Justine Greening

Heathrow environmental objections 'disappearing'

Tim Yeo, a former environment minister and head of the Commons climate change committee, told the Daily Telegraph that the “environmental objections” to the expansion of Heathrow are “disappearing”.

The environmental objections are disappearing. Last January, greenhouse gas emissions from flying were brought within the EU cap.

Business leaders are keen to see the expansion of the airport, while Grant Shapps, the housing minister, said Britain must consider building a third runway at Heathrow if it is to remain a “great trading nation”.

However, the Liberal Democrats are expected to oppose a third runway on environmental grounds.

Prime Minister attacked over Heathrow expansion

Planes queue to take off at Heathrow Airport. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to decide whether he is "man or mouse" by former environment minister and head of the Parliamentary climate change committee Tim Yeo.

In a stinging attack published in today's Daily Telegraph Mr Yeo says giving the go-ahead for a third runway would "symbolise the start of a new era" for the Coalition government:

"The Prime Minister must ask himself whether he is man or mouse. Does he want to be another Harold Macmillan, presiding over a dignified slide towards insignificance?

An immediate go-ahead for a third runway will symbolise the start of a new era, the moment the Cameron government found its sense of mission. Let’s go for it.”

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