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Is Heathrow expansion on the rocks?

Article originally published by The Week. Hargreaves Lansdown is not responsible for its content or accuracy and may not share the author's views. News and research are not personal recommendations to deal. All investments can fall in value so you could get back less than you invest.

Speculation grows that Boris Johnson will abandon plan if court backs opponents

The prime minister’s official spokesman said that the airport still had to prove that the project had a “realistic” business case and met environmental standards, reports the newspaper.

It notes that the comments came as the Court of Appeal prepares to publish a judgment today on the expansion, which opponents claim is unlawful.

The Times says there is “mounting speculation that judges could uphold four separate legal challenges against the government’s existing airports national policy statement”, which effectively approved a third runway.

It is understood that Johnson is expected to refuse to sanction an appeal to the Supreme Court if the ruling is made in favour of Heathrow’s opponents, which would spell the end of the plan in its present form.

“I have a hunch that Boris is not going to appeal it,” a senior Tory MP told the Financial Times.

Before becoming prime minister, Johnson threatened to lie down in front of bulldozers to prevent the expansion (his Uxbridge constituency lies under the airport’s flight path).

A new £14bn runway has long been proposed for the northwest of the airport. It would allow the airport to handle 756,000 flights a year - up from 473,000 in 2019 - and grow to accommodate 142 million passengers.

The independent Airports Commission, chaired by the economist Sir Howard Davies, found in 2015 that an enlarged Heathrow would boost UK growth by £150bn over 60 years and create 60,000 new jobs.

However, it would also mean 950 acres of land was claimed and 761 homes demolished.

In 2016, the independent Committee on Climate Change found that the business plan for Heathrow expansion projects a 15% increase in aviation emissions by 2050.

If the Heathrow expansion is blocked, government attention would likely turn to an alternative plan to expand Gatwick.


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Article originally published by The Week. Hargreaves Lansdown is not responsible for its content or accuracy and may not share the author's views. News and research are not personal recommendations to deal. All investments can fall in value so you could get back less than you invest.

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