The transport secretary has recently stated that the government are not going to consider a cross-party consensus over the issue of a third runway being constructed at Heathrow. There has been a great deal of pressure on the government about whether an expansion of this airport is going to take place, and particular focus has been put on the Prime Minister David Cameron, over whether he’s going to go forward and authorise the construction of a third runway.
Tim Yeo, who was formerly the Environmental Minister, has converted to the cause of Heathrow and he is said that if a third runway is not constructed at Heathrow then the countries airports may slip into insignificance. He made easy is apparent in a recent article that was published in the daily Telegraph where he claims that any objections he had to a third runway at Heathrow are rapidly disappearing.
Justine Greening is the transport secretary and she has highlighted that, “The installation of a third runway at Heathrow is not a solution for the long-term, and the long-term is where we need to look. There are so many problems with the installation of a third runway, that it is clear that it is not an ultimate solution to the problem.”
“First of all, the runway would not be of a full-length, and might not be able to take full-size planes in the future. There is also the question of where an additional runway would be built in the future when the need comes around.” Downing Street has recently stated however that the coalition are probably going to be sticking by their promise that they will not install a third runway at Heathrow.