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Huppert gets government reassurance over airport expansion ban

June 29, 2012 10:21 AM

MP Julian Huppert has received reassurance from the government that it would stand by a coalition agreement to refuse any plans for additional runways at Stansted Airport.

He was also told that the government wouldn't overturn on a ban on a third runway at Heathrow or have another runway at Gatwick.

Julian, Co-chair of the Lib Dem Transport Committee, sought clarification on the issue as the government plans to consult on expanding airport capacity around London.

He asked Transport Secretary, Justine Greening in the House of Commons yesterday (Thursday, June 28): "Will the Secretary of State confirm that the government will stand by the whole of the coalition agreement in this area?

"Will she confirm that they will stand by the cancellation of the third runway at Heathrow, as she has said, will refuse additional runways at Gatwick and Stansted, and will rule out mixed mode at Heathrow?"

Ms Greening said: "I think I have been very clear: the coalition agreement, in its entirety, stands. That is the position."

Julian said later: "This government entered into a coalition agreement not to expand these three major airports; I want to make sure that agreement still stands.

"Gatwick and Stansted both have spare capacity at the moment, and when I have spoken to them, they have asked for improved rail connections, rather than new runways. Heathrow is poorly located - a quarter of all people in Europe under a flight path are in London!

"We successfully fought off plans for a second runway at Stansted Airport and I want to see it remain that way. We made a promise to the people of this country through our coalition agreement and I will be holding the government to that agreement."