LHR R3 12:30 HoC 15 January 2009

January 14, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Heathrow | Leave a comment
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A grrrr…een light for Heathrow airport expansion is a contradiction in terms.

Tomorrow HM Government’s true colours will be on display for the whole world to see when the Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon has the pleasure of announcing his fateful late decision in the House of Commons.

Some are suggesting the new runway will earn London’s Heathrow airport a place in the Guinness Book of Records (or lesser almanacs), as expansion will enable our local world-(in)famous shop’n’fly site to become the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.

National newspapers are giving extensive coverage to the delayed LHR decision this week.  For example (a selection taken from just one of the main quality British papers) The Guardian has, in its Environment section, these latest headlines (sorry the links need reinstating; I’ll have to do that tomorrow):

  •  Labour MPs thinking of voting against a third runway at Heathrow under pressure from government whips
  •  Patrick Barkham meets some of those whose homes will be under threat if Heathrow airport gets its third runway
  •  MP characterises the dispute between Miliband and Mandelson as a ‘clash of the generations’

And there’s even more under the subsection on Carbon Emissions.  Furthermore, The Guardian has an entire column of headlines in its UK Transport section on the topic of Heathrow airport expansion:

  • 14 Jan 2009: Government whips apply pressure on Labour MPs thinking of voting against a third runway at Heathrow
  • 14 Jan 2009: Patrick Barkham meets some of those whose homes will be under threat if Heathrow airport gets its third runway
  • 14 Jan 2009: Simon Jenkins: I would flatten rare toads for growth – but for all the airline lobby’s cant, there is no wider economic case for expanding Heathrow
  • 14 Jan 2009: Letters: Government advisers have consistently underestimated the scale, breadth and vehemence of opposition to the expansion of Heathrow
  •  Audio (5min 30sec)13 Jan 2009: The cabinet’s expected to give the green light to plans for a £9bn expansion of London’s Heathrow airport. Transport correspondent Dan Milmo outlines the arguments for and against
  •  13 Jan 2009: PM plans to set out case for the third runway, prompting speculation that it will be approved
  •  12 Jan 2009: Mayor of London urges government to reject plans as both sides ramp up pressure ahead of decision
  •  12 Jan 2009: Seats would be endangered and the government’s environmental credibility destroyed if expansion went ahead, MPs warn
  •  12 Jan 2009: Airlines and business leaders dismiss environmental warnings as they launch final push for third runway
  • 12 Jan 2009: Cross-party group to argue that take-offs and landings over water would reduce noise
  • 12 Jan 2009: Despite expected governmental approval for third runway, airport expansion still faces many obstacles
  •  12 Jan 2009: Editorial: The government’s approach to airport expansion is like Saint Augustine’s early approach to sex
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