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Climate Activists Lose Court Challenge Against New Runway At Heathrow

Daily Express

The expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport inched closer on Wednesday when a High Court judge rejected legal challenges from environmental campaigners opposed to the building of a third runway. “The court held that none of the climate change grounds was arguable.” 

Heathrow could soon be getting its third runway (Image: Getty)

Judge Gary Hickinbottom said he did not accept the arguments made by environmentalists and did not believe the government’s transport minister acted unlawfully when he approved the expansion of Europe’s biggest airport.

A summary of the judgment said: “The court held that none of the climate change grounds was arguable.” 

The campaigners can apply for permission to appeal the rulings.

Britain has spent almost half a century trying to decide whether or where to build a new runway in the densely populated southeast of England. 

If finally opened, it will be the first full-length runway built in the London area for 70 years.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Government has argued that an expansion will show Britain is open for business and able to develop stronger trading ties with Asia after it leaves the European Union – although Brexit has been delayed by a parliamentary deadlock over the terms of departure.

But the expansion plan is still opposed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and a lengthy legal wrangle still lies ahead if the campaigners decide to launch another appeal in the next seven days.

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