UK Government drops plans for 3rd runway at Heathrow and will block plans for new runways at Stansted and Gatwick. Activists at Heathrow campaigned 10 years to achieve this
Heathrow runway plans scrapped by new government
lans for a third runway at
Councils, residents and green groups had opposed the expansion scheme which Gordon Brown said was needed for economic reasons.
John Stewart, from Hacan ClearSkies, which campaigned against the runway said he was "absolutely delighted".
Airport operator BAA said it would work with the new government to provide strong trading connections.
The decision to cancel the plans came in a joint Conservative-Liberal Democrat policy agreement.
The new government said it would also refuse any additional runways at Gatwick and Stansted airports.
by airlines and commerce in the capital, had argued that Heathrow needed extra
capacity and without it
Such a runway was envisaged in the government's 2003 aviation White Paper and the green light was given by the then Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon in January 2009 despite the fact that the village of Sipson would effectively have disappeared during the construction project.
opposed the plan, preferring improved rail links to and from Heathrow including
a direct link to a new
In a statement
on Wednesday BAA said: "We will work with the new government to ensure that
airport policy provides the strong international trading connections on which
Mr Stewart said: "The third runway is dead in the water. Residents under the flight path are delighted and people who stood to lose their homes are relieved.
"It is also good
But Dr Adam
Marshall, from the British Chambers of Commerce, said this decision would
Ben Stewart, from environment group Greenpeace, added: "A third runway at Heathrow was always a bizarre proposal that made no sense to anybody who understood the impact aviation has on our climate.
"Corks will be popping for a few days after this announcement, though probably not at BAA headquarters."
Geraldine Nicholson, chairman of the No Third Runway Action Group, said: "Our task now is to regenerate Sipson and the other villages which have lived with so much uncertainty in recent years."
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