Green light for third runway


The government has given the go-ahead for the construction of a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Transport secretary Geoff Hoon made the announcement today as part of a wider plan to improve transport infrastructure in a bid to boost the nation’s economic prospects.

“Heathrow is vital to our economy,” he said. “It connects us to the growth markets of the future – essential for every great trading nation.

“This third runway will help secure jobs now and in the future and ensure that Britain remains a place where the world can come to do business.”

As well as the new runway development, Heathrow will benefit from a new rail link which will connect the airport to central London and on to cities across the UK.

This improved transport network will provide greater opportunities for businesses with commercial property in London.

Mr Hoon suggested that the rail plan will “unlock Heathrow for the rest of the country, making it a truly national asset”.