Hoon is succeeded by
Lord Adonis, formerly a junior transport minister. Wandsworth Council Leader Edward Lister, speaking on behalf of 2M said: “All the local councils, residents organisations, environmental groups and business leaders who lined up to tell Geoff Hoon he was wrong about building a new airport the size of Gatwick at Heathrow will welcome his going. Lord Adonis now has the chance to draw a line under the Hoon era and take a long, hard look at just how a third runway squares with the Government’s key policies on climate change”.
Adonis is known to be a proponent of rail expansion, and the 2M Group, who are an alliance of 24 local authorities whose residents would be affected by a busier Heathrow, are looking for an early meeting with him to discuss the expansion issue.
Lister continues: “Now is the time to reassess the environmental and economic case for a third runway and compare this against the benefits from investment in a high speed rail network.”