Róbert Kertész, correspondent of MTI means:
By a large majority, the London House of Commons approved the construction of the third runway at Heathrow Airport, London, with heavy capacity problems.
The draft was presented by Minister of Transport Chris Grayling on June 5, and the House of Representatives of the House of Representatives voted in favor of the referendum on a Monday night, which was often passionate about the 415-119 vote.
Heathrow, the world’s two largest runway airports currently operates at 99 percent capacity utilization, which is virtually full.
Grayling, referring to the government proposal presented three weeks ago, admitted that building the third course “raises fierce emotions” in the affected area. At the same time, it announced that the government has given a 2.6 billion ($ 957 billion) damages and noise protection allowance to local communities. Of this amount, 700 million pounds in the area’s homes, £ 40 million can be spent on soundproofing schools.
The Transport Minister also announced that the company operating the Heathrow will offer 125 percent of the current market value for the residential properties they will need to acquire due to the construction. The airport also reimburses the total removal and legal costs of the residents concerned.
The third course planned for north-west of the airport area and a significant part of the service facilities would be in populated areas. There are three villages, Longford, Harmondsworth and Sipson in the immediate area or near the location of the investment, where hundreds of properties are most likely to be dismantled.
According to the 93-page Government Impact Assessment, which is included in the draft, building the third course will increase Heathrow’s annual passenger capacity from 85.5 million to 130 million. According to the study, enlargement suggests that 60,000 new jobs may be created and real-economy gains up to £ 70 billion (nearly 26,000 billion forints) by the 2050s.
The new track is expected to be traded between 2025 and 2030.
In Britain, for decades, a subject of heated controversy and often the cause of domestic political tensions is the issue of extending the extremely narrow airport capacity in London.
Among the worst opponents of the third round of Heathrow are environmental protection movements and the local population, Boris Johnson, former mayor of London, present Foreign Minister of Britain. Johnson still plans to build a new airport in the sea estuary of the River Thames, an artificial or a natural island, with four runways, and Heathrow should be closed and a new metropolis of 250,000 inhabitants would be built.
Johnson has not changed his mind as a member of the cabinet: he has recently said that, if necessary, “lying in front of bulldozers” prevents Heathrow’s new career building. However, the foreign minister did not attend the Monday night’s lower house vote because he traveled to Afghanistan for an unannounced visit.