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Tory U-turn on Third Runway?

July 25, 2012 12:11 AM

An interesting report in the Wimbledon Guardian:

http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/topstories/9833990.MP_wants_to__re_examine__third_Heathrow_runway/?ref=nt

The Conservative MP for Wimbledon should make his mind up - is he in favour of a third runway or against it? If he is against it , why on earth has he written an article for the Evening Standard in which he says, "A third runway at Heathrow now should be re-examined: it would add extra capacity in the short term"?

In the same article he advocates the ending of runway alternation and use of mixed-mode at Heathrow, which would allow flights to arrive at and leave from both runways simultaneously - something that local people would never countenance.
My guess is that Mr Hammond MP was flying a kite for the Tories, to test local opinion. Let him be in no doubt that there will be fierce opposition to any attempt by the Conservatives to resurrect plans for a third runway.