RUNWAY CAPACITY: IT'S TIME TO DECIDE ISSUE NUMBER: TT134
Almost exactly a year ago the Airports Commission published its final report and recommendations. The independent commission was established to clear a way through a 25-year impasse, by taking a dispassionate and pragmatic look at the most viable options. Hope was raised that, at last, a decision could be made in the economic interests of the UK as a whole. After three years of consideration, the commission reached its final recommendation of a third runway at Heathrow. So where is the UK now on the question of where to expand?
Depressingly, we have entered an extended period of non-decision on the issue. Dithering has stymied a big, strategic choice that must be made.
The vital first decision on location, let alone the subsequent decisions that will be necessary to get spades in the ground, is further away than it was prior to 23 June. The Transport Select Committee's position is that expansion is required and that Heathrow is the best location. The case has now become even stronger in the politically and economically uncertain times ahead.
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