Hundreds of thousands more London residents would find themselves under new flight paths should Heathrow be expanded, a cross-party group of MPs and Lords has warned.
Senior Tories including Justine Greening and Boris Johnson joined Richmond MP Zac Goldsmith in the Commons on Wednesday to launch a campaign alerting people to the potential impact on neighbourhoods across the capital as the airports commission prepares to deliver its recommendation for a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick.
Flanked by a map depicting what he claimed would be newly overflown regions of the city – although Heathrow disputes it – Goldsmith said Heathrow was “already the biggest polluter in Europe by far” and that additional noise was just one of the reasons to oppose expansion. He said a third runway would mean “unmanageable congestion”, while the “economic case had entirely crumbled” and reinforcing Heathrow would see UK aviation “reverting to a taxpayer-funded monopoly”.
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