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24/07/02
Airport Plans 'Flawed and Rigged', Say Environmentalists
- - Friends of the Earth are enemies of the skyward leanings of Government

ENVIRONMENTAL groups are gearing up to fight the government's London airport expansion plans, which could include another runway at Heathrow, expansion of Stansted or a completely new Thames estuary airport .

Friends of the Earth labelled the airport plans "flawed and rigged", claiming they were based on faulty research data. That data suggests the number of air passengers in the UK will rise from 180 million a year to 400 million by 2020.

"Doing nothing is not an option," said Transport Secretary Alistair Darling. "If we went down that route, we would undoubtedly put the country's increasing prosperity at risk."

Most transport pundits think the government will eventually plump for a new runway at Heathrow as this is what the airlines favour. Elsewhere in the country, possible expansion plans have been unveiled for Glasgow airport and upgrades to the likes of Manchester and Sheffield.




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