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TIN news:  UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has published the draft of the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS), which includes proposals for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
The launch of a national public consultation is said to mark a major step forward in delivering the airport expansion programme.
The UK Government’s scheme for enhanced runways in the southeast is in line with the proposal made by the independent Airports Commission.
Heathrow Expansion executive director Emma Gilthorpe said: “The launch of the government’s national policy statement consultation is an important milestone in the delivery of Heathrow’s expansion plans.
“We look forward to working with the Government, our local communities and our airlines throughout this consultation period to ensure Heathrow expansion is affordable and benefits all of Britain.”
The NPS is currently open to an extensive public consultation for 16 weeks in order to ensure the UK people have the opportunity to share their views on the airport expansion.
Grayling said: “By backing the north-west runway at Heathrow airport and publishing our proposals, we are sending a clear signal that when we leave the European Union (EU), we are open for business.
“The national policy statement is a big step forward for what is one of the UK’s most important, major infrastructure projects. Now we want to hear your views on it.”
While the NPS will only apply to England, the UK Government will also consult communities that could benefit from the Heathrow expansion across the UK.
An NPS is considered to be more appropriate for the third runway development at Heathrow Airport as it offers improved clarity, and is quick and less costly to the taxpayer.
"The launch of the government’s national policy statement consultation is an important milestone in the delivery of Heathrow’s expansion plans."
Once the third northwest runway is built, Heathrow will be able to add £61bn to the UK economy over 60 years, and offer an additional 260,000 flights a year, with 16 million more long-haul seats for passengers travelling from UK airports in 2040.
Other expected benefits include reduced fares and delays, additional daily destinations for passengers, and the creation of local jobs.
A final proposal will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in the summer of 2019.
In addition to the NPS, the UK Government has also published separate proposals for airspace and noise consultations.

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