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Kelly delays Heathrow decision

Mon, 14 Jul, 2008

Transport secretary Ruth Kelly has said the decision on whether to give the go ahead to a third runway at London Heathrow Airport is to be postponed.

Ms Kelly was due to announce her decision next month but this has been delayed in order to examine the views of the 70,000 individuals and organisations consulted over the proposed expansion.

Instead, a decision on the future of London Heathrow is to be reached by the end of the year.

"We also want to be sure ... that we fully understand how airport development might affect different groups in terms of race, disability, age or gender," she remarked.

Supporters of a third runway at London Heathrow say the expansion would protect London's reputation as an economic and financial services powerhouse.

Last month, the Sustainable Development Commission said plans to expand London Heathrow should be put on hold.

Joe Evans

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