UK backs third runway at London Heathrow

Villages to be demolished, motorway rerouted
Britain has backed a $22 billion expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport, ending 25 years of indecision over which of the UK capital’s airports should get a new runway. But the plan still faces a number of hurdles.
The government’s move to back Europe’s busiest airport, rather than that of smaller rival Gatwick, secures the first new full-length runway to be built near London in 70 years.
However, some senior politicians are against a new, third, runway at Heathrow including the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
The plan will probably also face challenges in the courts due to environmental issues. The construction of a third runway will lead to one village, Harmondsworth, being flattened and others partly demolished. Parts of the M25 motorway that circles the capital will have to be rebuilt.
But it is likely to win parliamentary approval. The runway is due to be built by 2025.


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