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Heathrow chief: Help us get green light for third runway scheme

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye has called for support convincing the government to approve the airport’s £17.6bn expansion project.

He urged everyone who wanted the project to make their voices heard. If it goes ahead it will require a further £5bn of surface access work.

The government last week said it would decide by the end of this year whether to allow the third runway project in line with the advice of the Airports Commission. 

Speaking at an event today, Holland-Kaye said: “No large infrastructure project is easy – if you look back at the M25, Crossrail, High Speed 1, Thameslink, even Terminal 5, they all had their critics, but the quality of life in this country is better for them.

“There is now an extraordinary level of support [for the third runway at Heathrow] from every part of the country, every shade on the political spectrum, every section of the economy. 

“This will only happen if those who need this to happen – you, our passengers, London businesses, the British economy – work together, with us, with Let Britain Fly, to convince the prime minister that his Airports Commission was right: Heathrow expansion is business critical for UK plc.”

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