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Heathrow vote leaves key questions unanswered

25 June 2018

Responding to the vote in favour of a third runway at Heathrow, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"Although MPs have voted the third runway through in principle, key issues remain unresolved. Crucially there is the cost of extra surface access to the expanded airport. If this even approaches the £15 billion figure suggested by Transport for London, it could see cash diverted from other transport projects in the capital and in the north of England. Then there are the questions about local air pollution, and whether extra public transport and other measures will be enough to meet international standards. It's also now unclear where the Government stands on tackling climate change as its own advisers said that if Heathrow expanded other airports could not.               

"Until these issues are resolved, it seems unlikely that the third runway can or should be built.”  


For further information please contact the press office on 07984 773 468 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).