Airport News

MP quits over Heathrow expansion

Wed, 28 Jan, 2009

A Labour MP has quit in protest at the plans for a new runway at Heathrow Airport.

The BBC reports how Andrew Slaughter resigned his post over the issue.

In a Commons debate on the issue, shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers said the economic reasons given by the pro-expansion camp were "wholly unconvincing".

But transport secretary Geoff Hoon said the Tories had not given definitions of where they would set the mark for air and noise pollution and had not given a "basis" for its opposition.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports how local authorities who oppose the expansion have called for a new rail network to be established around the airport.

The group of councils, known as 2M, has drawn up a proposal which it says would let 40 trains go through the airport every hour with a new network set up with connections to mainline trains.

There would even be a high-speed service between London and Scotland.

Joe Evans

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