Brexit: London airport expansion move delayed

But “government committed to important infrastructure projects”
A decision on airport expansion at London Heathrow has been pushed back until a new leader of the ruling Conservative Party has been elected.
The postponement was revealed by the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, who said a decision would probably not take place until the autumn.
“The government is fully committed to delivering the important infrastructure projects it has set out, including delivering runway capacity on the timetable set out by the Davies report [on London airport expansion],” he said.
Earlier this week a Department for Transport spokesperson insisted to TTG: “The government remains fully committed to delivering the important infrastructure projects it has set out and will also continue to take forward important legislation put before Parliament in the Queen’s Speech.”
The news is unlikely to surprise many in the industry, after travel experts warned a Brexit would likely delay a decision.
The Airport Commission recommended a year ago that Heathrow be expanded with a third runway, at an estimated cost of £18.6 billion (€22.3 billion). But the government delayed its decision, insisting that further work needed to be carried out on noise, pollution and compensation.
Travel bodies such as the Airport Operators Association and business travel organisation the GTMC expressed their disappointment at the decision.
TTG Digital


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