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Following the breaking news that the Government looks set to approve a third runway at Heathrow later today, reactions to the development have started to appear in the media:

  • The BBC speaks to local residents about the effect that the decision will have on them. A Q&A on the decision has also been produced here.
  • The Independent argues against a 3rd runway, listing alternative transport and greater emphasis on Heathrow as possible other routes.
  • The leaders of 22 councils have also voiced their opposition to the decision, stating that expanding the airport would cause 'irreparable damage' to the quality of life for people under runway flightpaths [24 dash].
  • Meanwhile, during Transport Questions at the London Assembly, Boris Johnson's plans for an estuary airport were questioned by Murad Qureshi AM, reports The Guardian.

Finally, The Times provides a break-down of the deal which the Government is alleged to be prepared to offer:

"The biggest airport expansion for 60 years will be approved today when the Government gives the go-ahead to a £9 billion third runway and sixth terminal at Heathrow.

"Ministers will attempt to appease environmental groups by pledging that the extra runway capacity will be linked to tough new emissions standards for aircraft. Only airlines that buy the most fuel-efficient aircraft will be granted additional slots.

"However, the aviation industry is already committed to introducing more efficient aircraft and the runway is likely to be heavily used as soon as it opens in 2019 or 2020. An extra 600 flights a day will pass over London and tens of thousands of extra cars will add to congestion on roads near the airport, including the M4 and M25.

"More than 2,000 people will lose their homes when the village of Sipson is demolished and thousands more will be forced to live within a few hundred yards of the new runway."