Environment committee calls for suspension of Heathrow expansion

The government should not approve expansion at Heathrow until the airport can demonstrate it comply with key environmental conditions, says the Environmental Audit Committee.

In a new report, the committee says plans to expand the airport in west London by building a third runway, which were backed by the Davies Airports Commission, should only go ahead if it can be demonstrated that a larger Heathrow can meet legal air pollution limits and be less noisy than the existing operation.

The inquiry by MPs was set up to examine the implications of the commission’s recommendations for dealing with the impacts of a third runway on climate changing emissions, air quality and noise.

According to the committee, the additional traffic generated by a ...

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