Osborne: Heathrow an option

George Osborne did not rule out a third runway at Heathrow during an interview with BBC One's Andrew Marr Show. Meanwhile, Plans for a new four-runway airport near Heathrow will be submitted to the Government, according to the Independent on Sunday.

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Osborne does not rule out Heathrow third runway

Chancellor George Osborne said "we need more airport capacity in the South East of England" and did not rule out the option of a third runway at Heathrow, during an interview with BBC One's Andrew Marr Show.

I am firmly in the camp of we need more airport capacity in the South East of England, we need more runway capacity in the South East of England. Then there is a question of where it should go.

What I would say is let's examine all the options. Let's make sure we can try and create a political consensus.

Earlier, Foreign Secretary William Hague said the coalition would "keep to election promises" and not expand Heathrow, in an interview with Sky News.

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Report: New airport 'must have cross-party backing'

Documents seen by the Independent of Sunday state that a new airport must meet the following criteria:

Debate must be refocused to get political and business consensus on the criteria to be met by a future hub. As evidenced by HS2 (High Speed Rail), Crossrail, and the London 2012 Olympics, the development and delivery of any scheme must have cross-party backing and must be supported by business and the workforce.

Report: Plans for new four-runway airport near Heathrow

Plans for a new four-runway airport near Heathrow will be submitted to the Government in a bid to solve the UK's air capacity shortage, according to the Independent on Sunday.

A British Airways jet leaves Heathrow Airport. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archiv

A British business consortium - with Chinese backing - will try and push through the £60bn plans that would see a new airport which could rival, or even replace, Heathrow.

Sites to the west and north-west of London, including Oxfordshire and Berkshire, are reportedly being considered for the new transport hub.

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