No New Runway at Heathrow
Air pollution laws will prevent a new runway being built at Heathrow for at least another decade, according to a newspaper report. Stansted provides the only realistic option for a proposed new runway in the South East, says The Times. To cope with the predicted increase in air travel, the government is considering new runways at Heathrow in west London, Stansted in Essex, Gatwick in Sussex or a new £9bn airport at Cliffe in Kent. But Heathrow will be ruled out until airport operator BAA has dealt with the high levels of pollution around the airport - which is unlikely to be until 2016 or later, according to The Times.