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Cabinet authorises new runway plan for Heathrow Airport

Cabinet authorises new runway plan for Heathrow Airport

Cabinet ministers have approved the new runway plan for Heathrow Airport, describing their backing as a 'historic moment' for the UK.

UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has revealed that £2.6 billion will be used to compensate residents of the area on which the new runway will be built as it may cause some noise disturbances and will affect their surrounding air quality.

However, environmental groups have not supported this decision as of yet. This is due to their suspicion of the government’s lack of transparency on the environmental effects which may accompany the building of this new runway.

According to Cait Hewitt, the Deputy Director of the Aviation Environment Federation, the third runway “will mean 700 more planes per day flying over London”.

"This is a bad day - many people under new flight paths will find their lives changed forever”, said the chair of group Hacan John Stewart in reference to the pollution risks and public dissatisfaction on the matter.

MPs will vote on the plans by 11 July.

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