Expanding Heathrow greatly increases the risk of missing Britain’s environmental targets, government studies found
Expanding Heathrow greatly increases the risk of missing Britain’s environmental targets, government studies foundHannah McKay/PA
Gatwick has overtaken Heathrow as the airport whose expansion would bring the biggest boost to the economy and least damage to the environment, according to the figures in a new official analysis.
A public consultation into proposals to build a third runway for Heathrow was reopened yesterday, a year after they were endorsed by the government.
The move came as the Department for Transport published updated reports on the impact of the expansion, including a revised noise analysis and new air-quality plan. The information, which was not previously available to the public because of restrictions before the general election, raises fresh doubts over Britain’s aviation capacity plans after decades of indecision.
The reports show that expanding the west London airport greatly increases the risk of…