Airport expansion decision expected tomorrow

Tomorrow is judgement day when the Government is finally expected to announce whether Heathrow or Gatwick will be given the go ahead to build another runway.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show yesterday, the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said that the Government had yet to decide which of the three “well-crafted proposals” it would choose.

The decision will be made on Tuesday at a cabinet committee meeting.

Gatwick is still standing by its option saying Gatwick’s plan offers the Government the certainty of delivery and growth, and the choice was between Gatwick – a simpler, faster, cheaper and less impactful option – or Groundhog Day at Heathrow.

Gatwick Chief Executive Stewart Wingate, said: “Airport expansion has been in a holding pattern for decades. We are finally getting to the point of decision again. The choice is crystal clear – growth at Gatwick or Groundhog Day at Heathrow. There is one reason why Heathrow has repeatedly tried and failed to expand – its location. Many things have changed in this debate but Heathrow is still based at Heathrow.

“Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. Now is the time for Britain to abandon the failed orthodoxy of the past and choose certainty. We can’t afford another false start.

“Gatwick offers an end to this debate by providing a deliverable solution for balanced economic growth across the UK. With all the economic benefits at a fraction of the impacts, it is the obvious solution.”

Whether tomorrow will see the end of the arguments and a start of airport expansion in the South East, only time will tell. Personally, I can see the saga rumbling on for some time, if not years, to come

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