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Approving a third runway at Heathrow is the easy option. But it would also be wrong

Sally Cairns & Carey Newson
06 April 2018
Sally Cairns, Transport for Quality of Life
Sally Cairns, Transport for Quality of Life
Carey Newson, Transport for Quality of Life
Carey Newson, Transport for Quality of Life

 

Given how long the debate about Heathrow expansion has worn on, it may be tempting for politicians to think “let’s just get on with it”. There is a danger that the sheer weight of paper generated, the time spent debating the issue, and the dogged persistence of the airport’s operator, which has spent £30m promoting its cause[1], now tips the scales towards development, whatever the social and environmental cost. But a third runway represents a very serious threat...

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