May 'to approve Heathrow expansion'

Reports that Prime Minister Theresa May 'has been given the go-ahead to approve a third runway at Heathrow' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Department for Transport (DfT) "is believed to have cleared the way for a northwest runway at the airport after investigations into noise and pollution failed to unearth major problems with the bid", the Times reports. The paper says that the move "dismantles a significant barrier to expansion after David Cameron dodged the decision, citing the need for further assessment of the environmental impact."

The Times also reports that "plans for a new runway in the South East will be fast-tracked through parliament in an attempt to prevent the years of delay associated with the High Speed 2 rail line." The paper says that the "government will outline plans for airport expansion through a national policy statement setting out the scale of the development, level of demand for new flights and mitigation measures against noise and pollution."

Theresa May could "give the green light to new runways at three major airports", the Sun reports. The paper says that "insiders suggested ministers will on Tuesday approve a third runway at Heathrow immediately and allow Gatwick to start expanding in the next five years. It was also claimed the PM will urge Birmingham airport to lodge proposals for an extra runway within ten years."

The government’s "years of weakness" on airport expansion "have allowed angry town hall meetings attended by locals and hippies to balloon into a virulent, mass activist campaign that has recruited more than one cabinet minister to its cause", according to an opinion piece in the Telegraph.


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