Parliamentary support grows for R3

Heathrow Airport say a new poll reveals “rare cross-party unity” as the Government moves to secure Parliamentary approval for Heathrow expansion in 2017.

According to the survey, a new high of 74% of MPs now back a third runway, a jump of 7 percentage points since the last poll in August before the Government announcement on expansion.

MPs now view Heathrow expansion as the infrastructure project most likely to benefit the whole country and bring the most long term benefits.

A jump in Conservative support from the last poll in August from 71% to 80% of Conservative MPs saying they would vote for a third runway at Heathrow demonstrates that Tory MPs are now decisively in favour of the project, say Heathrow.

Across the floor of the House, 75% of Labour MPs declared they would back a vote on a third Heathrow runway, meaning that there would be an overwhelming majority in any vote.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow expansion has more political support than ever before because MPs understand that a third Heathrow runway equips our country with the tools we need to thrive in the 21st century. This is why we have the confidence to invest in and to deliver Britain’s new runway.”

Heathrow Airport say an expanded Heathrow will deliver up to £211bn of economic growth and create up to 180,000 new skilled jobs for the UK and can be done while reducing noise for local communities and in accordance with EU air quality law.

An expanded Heathrow would be the largest private infrastructure project in Europe.

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