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Third Heathrow airport runway 'could be built over M25'

A third runway at Heathrow could be built over the M25, the Transport Secretary has said.

It comes after Theresa May's decision to back Heathrow expansion plunged the Conservatives into turmoil, as Cabinet ministers hit out at the move and a prominent MP quit.

Tory supporting councils are poised to support legal action challenging the plans and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted the scheme was "undeliverable".

Conservative bosses were forced to announce the party would not fight the by-election triggered by Zac Goldsmith in protest over the third runway.

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Good news or a pricy risk? Airline heads mixed on runway

The planned third runway at Heathrow Airport is unlikely to be operational before 2025. Credit: PA

The Government's decision to build a third runway at Heathrow has received a mixed reaction from leading airline chiefs, who variously branded it "good news", a pricy risk or a "piecemeal" expansion that does not go far enough.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways owner IAG, said his group was "pleased" a decision had been made but warned: "The cost of this project will make or break it."

He added: "Heathrow want it, argued for it and now must ensure it's the UK and the travelling public who get the benefits from the runway, not the airport's owners."

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary said the Government should build runways at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. Credit: PA

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said choosing between Heathrow and Gatwick was the wrong approach.

"The best way to deliver additional runways in a timely and cost-efficient manner is to approve three additional runways - one each at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted."

But Carolyn McCall, chief executive of easyJet, offered the largest support.

"This is good news for UK consumers and businesses and will help ensure that the UK is better connected to the rest of the world," she said.

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