Heathrow Airport: Ban lifted by Supreme Court on third runway

Climate activists who have been involved in a long running battle with Heathrow airport to stop them expanding and putting in a third runway have lost their court battle.

Heathrow Airport: Ban lifted by Supreme Court on third runway: The previous Court of Appeal ruling against Heathrow, which was bought by Friends of the Earth and others, has been overturned by the Supreme Court. Spokesman for the campaign group Plan B, Tim Crosland, said that the decision by former transport secretary Chris Grayland to support the expansion made a “mockery” of the Government to show leadership in the face of climate change.

He went on to say “Had Chris Grayling assessed Heathrow expansion against the 1.5C temperature goal in the Paris Agreement he could not have approved it. The pandemic has reminded us of our subjection to natural laws. The Paris temperature limit is all that divides us from a grim future of crisis upon crisis. The Supreme Court’s judgement, which has legitimised Mr Grayling’s use of the deadly two degree threshold, has betrayed us all.”

Reacting to the latest outcome from the Supreme Court a Heathrow airport spokesman said it’s the “right result for the country” and “will allow Global Britain to become a reality. Only by expanding the UK’s hub airport can we connect all of Britain to all of the growing markets of the world, helping to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in every nation and region of our country. Demand for aviation will recover from COVID-19, and the additional capacity at an expanded Heathrow will allow Britain as a sovereign nation to compete for trade and win against our rivals in France and Germany.”

Shadow transport secretary for Labour, Jim McMahon, said that they are still opposed to the expansion plans and went on to say “Labour has long been clear that any airport expansion must pass our tests on air quality, noise pollution, delivering countrywide economic benefits and enabling us to meet our obligations on climate change. Proposals for an additional runway at Heathrow have not met those tests.

We will continue to judge any proposal for airport expansion against the same tests.” The talks on whether to expand and build a third runway have been ongoing for 17 years with Boris Johnson saying that he would “lie down in front of bulldozers” to stop it being built. This was before he became Prime Minister.


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