Boris Says Heathrow's Runway Expansion is Doomed

By Gary Cutlack on at

London mayor Boris Johnson has sent a huge 30 page letter to MPs, claiming the extra runway for Heathrow that was agreed on after years of wrangling about how to make more aeroplanes work is a big mistake.

London's current mayor is quite damning in his opinion of the decision of the Airports Commission, saying: "The Airports Commission has spent several years in the production of a gigantic ball of wool that they are now attempting to pull over the eyes of the nation. The figures teased out of their report on the fall in domestic and even long haul connectivity show that as a nation, by expanding Heathrow, we would merely be investing in decline. Their report very clearly shows that a third runway will fail both London and the UK on every level."

Despite his previous island hideaway idea getting binned by the Airports Commission Johnson clearly has his eye on reviving the plan now he's an MP, adding: "Our great nation is sleepwalking its way towards becoming a bit part player in the aviation world. Now is the time for boldness. Now is the time to build an airport that can fulfil the needs of every corner of the UK."

And he's already got some plans that just need taking out of the loft and unrolling again. [London.gov via LBC]