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Johnson suggests additional delays in Heathrow expansion

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LONDON - Boris Johnson sees no "immediate prospect" of construction activity to expand London Heathrow. The British PM dodged a question in parliament on his stance the billion pound infrastructure project. According to a recent timeline a third runway is unlikely to be completed before 2028.

"I seen no bulldozers at present nor any immediate prospect of them arriving," Johnson replied to a question from MP Munira Wilson according to "Bloomberg News".

The expansion plan for Britain's Heathrow Airport will be delayed by more than a year and a third runway now will probably be completed between early 2028 and late 2029.

The delay came after Britain's aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, said the airport could not increase its spending on early construction costs to ensure that the runway was built by the end of 2026, as it wanted.

Johnson has opposed Heathrow's expansion, but parliament has approved the 14 to 16 billion-pound plans, which include building the first full-length new runway in the London area for 70 years. The expansion plan is also opposed by climate change protesters and some local residents. It is being challenged in the courts.
©, Reuters | Abb.: Heathrow Airport | 12.02.2020 07:44

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