The House of Commons Transport Committee has published its report (23 March). To no-one’s surprise, it supports a new runway at Heathrow.
The committee took a good deal of evidence and, at times, was challenging of the witnesses. The report contained some devastating comments and criticisms, but nonetheless the committee duly gave its support to a third runway.
There is a strong suspicion that the challenges and criticisms were made primarily to alert the government of any pitfalls (including legal challenges) to the progress of building a new runway. We do not detect much genuine concern about the huge noise, air pollution and climate impacts that a new runway would have. Or the latest work from the Department of Transport that shows no net economic benefit from a new runway at Heathrow.