Published on : Tuesday, October 25, 2016
After weeks of speculations, the Britain Government has finally given a go to the third runway at the Heathrow Airport over Gatwick. On 25th October, following a decision by a Cabinet sub-committee, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced about the third runway at the Heathrow Airport.
After the announcement, the defeated Conservative candidate and Richmond Park MP, Zac Goldsmith has announced his plan to resign. Goldsmith has also branded the decision to be ‘catastrophic’.
Chris Grayling has informed, “The step that government is taking today is truly momentous. I am proud that after years of discussion and delay this government is taking decisive action to secure the UK’s place in the global aviation market – securing jobs and business opportunities for the next decade and beyond.”
The Government is backing the third runway with a hope to end the 50 year of airport indecision. The government has also planned to urge the Heathrow airport to cut the cost from the £17.6 billion scheme.
According to Grayling, the new runway at Heathrow will improve connectivity in the UK itself and crucially boost the connections with the rest of the world, supporting exports, trade and job opportunities.
It has been found that the runway will probably open in 2030. The new runway will not only prove to be fruitful for business, but the passengers will also be able to get access to more airlines, destinations and flights. But the expansion will be dependent on the ban on the night flights.
The decision has been condemned by the green campaigners and the Liberal Democrats.
According to Tim Farron, the turbulence in the Conservative Party is nothing compared to the anger felt by those they have betrayed by giving up their commitment to the environment and communities in West London.
He has also added that Theresa May used to make this case but now she has ripped those words down from her website and scrubbed them from history.
According to Friends of the Earth, Local communities now face more noise, more air pollution and more misery from a quarter of a million extra flights each year.
The decision has delighted various business groups. But the decision might run into opposition from the airlines, which can raise the possibility for some of the major airlines to pull out of Heathrow and expand to somewhere else.