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Heathrow expansion gets 34 councils' support

12 July 2016 11:02

34 councils are backing Heathrow's expansion

34 councils are backing Heathrow's expansion

Heathrow must be expanded quickly to accommodate Britons taking holidays abroad and business travellers, according to a group of local authorities.

Some 34 councils are calling on the Government to speed up the decision process. The choice is between a new runway at Heathrow and Gatwick.

But ministers say the decision will be delayed until October or beyond, due to David Cameron's post-Brexit departure from 10 Downing Street.

Leaders of the 34 councils, which include Aberdeen, Neath Port Talbot and Oxfordshire, have written to Patrick McLoughlin. The Transport Secretary is being called upon to act boldly and approve the airport's growth as soon as possible.

The councils have written saying that infrastructure financing becomes even more key in times of economic uncertainty, such as now.

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The councils' case for Heathrow

The local authorities say a quick approval of the Heathrow expansion plan will result in:

• Job creation

• Economic growth

• Future proofing against anything that may happen within the flight sector in the years ahead

• Linking British export businesses to expanding markets abroad

So what happens now?

The Government has been putting together a report on the noise and environmental implications of each option.

The powerful Davies Commission chose Heathrow as its preferred option this time last year.

But Mr Cameron's departure and the Brexit uncertainty have seemingly put the answers back further.

John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow Airport, says that the councils' letter has added to the weight of opinion behind the west London hub. He says he hopes Mr Cameron's successor takes note of this when weighing up the choices.