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Edinburgh Airport as bomb disposal experts arrive

Twitter users have posted pictures from Edinburgh Airport that appear to show the disturbance caused by its closure this afternoon, following the discovery of a "potentially suspicious" bag.

Bomb disposal experts have arrived at the airport to investigate the package.

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@sparklyg @alexanderlerche There was a suspect package in the X-Ray machine at about 1315 when I walked through security. It's cordoned off

Police investigate 'suspicious' bag at Edinburgh Airport

A Police Scotland spokesman has told STV: "Police at Edinburgh Airport have implemented a closure of the building and the access roads following the discovery of a potentially suspicious bag within the Central Search Area at around 1.50pm today.

Edinburgh Airport has been closed following the discovery of a 'suspicious' bag Credit: PA

"The EOD are currently in attendance to inspect the item and officers are maintaining a cordon to ensure the safety of the public."

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Edinburgh airport evacuated over suspicious package

Edinburgh airport has been evacuated over suspicious package, it has been reported.

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Edinburgh Airport terminals & airfield evacuated after suspicious package found. More with @radioforthnews (@prnearn) http://t.co/G3oF4RMOp9

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Edinburgh Airport evacuated after suspect package found in building http://t.co/Jqq0G6rrZy

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Edinburgh Airport Evacuation: Passengers moved onto airfield while authorities investigate suspect package. http://t.co/2q2gA8ePoy

Johnson: Report wrong about cost of 'Boris Island'

London Mayor Boris Johnson has said that a new airport in the Thames Estuary - so-called Boris Island - would cost far less than is claimed in today's Airports Commission report.

According to the report, the scheme could cost between £82 billion and £112 billion and would result in airport charges around three times higher than those projected for Heathrow.

Johnson insisted the total cost would be around £50 billion - £20 billion for transport links and £30 billion for the facility itself, which he predicted could be funded from private investment.

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Main points of Airports Commission interim report

Here is a summary of the main points from the interim report by the Independent Airports Commission:

  • Heathrow is effectively full and Gatwick is operating at more than 85% of capacity
  • Aviation demand "likely to increase significantly between now and 2050"
  • Demand is likely to be concentrated in the South East, where more people live and wages are higher on average
  • There is a need for one additional runway to be in operation in South East by 2030 and likely to be demand for a second one by 2050
  • Proposals for additional runways at Heathrow and Gatwick were short-listed. 'Boris Island' proposal in Thames Estuary will be looked at in first half of 2014 and may join short list.

Read: Airports Commission report signals Heathrow status quo no longer an option

Tory MP threatens to leave party over runway row

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith said he would not stand as a Conservative party candidate if David Cameron regaled on his "No ifs, no buts" earlier position on building another runway. Speaking to ITV News he said:

"If we go into the next election with a green light for Heathrow expansion, I would not able to stand as a Conservative."

Read: Report signals Heathrow status quo no longer an option

Heathrow runway to be built over the top of the M25

by - Deputy Political Editor

Of the three options for expansion presented by Heathrow Airport Ltd in the summer, the Airports Commission is only progressing one of them: the plans for a new runway to the north west of the existing airport.

The other Heathrow idea being investigated by the Commission comes from a pressure group called Heathrow Hub: the extension of one of the current runways.

Read: New runways considered at Gatwick and Heathrow

The proposal is to build a third runway to the north west of the existing airport. It is a different proposal to the one approved by Gordon Brown when he was Prime Minister.

More: Heathrow expansion means disruption for local villages

The new runway would be the north west of the current airport, meaning it would have to go over the motorway. Credit: Heathrow Airport.

The new runway is further to the west - and anyone who knows this area will work out it brings the runway of Britain's busiest airport into conflict with Britain's busiest motorway, the M25. Look at the plan and you will see the runway is built over the top of the motorway.

That is not unusual. At Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, a motorway passes under one of the runways in a tunnel. But it does mean this option is not cheap.

Read more: Report signals Heathrow status quo no longer an option

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