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Ilford MPs delighted over news of Heathrow expansion

PUBLISHED: 13:18 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:32 26 October 2016

A British Airways plane on the runway behind cargo containers adorned with 'Britain's New Runway', at Heathrow Airport, as a third runway at the airport has been given the go-ahead by the government. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A British Airways plane on the runway behind cargo containers adorned with 'Britain's New Runway', at Heathrow Airport, as a third runway at the airport has been given the go-ahead by the government. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A third runway at Heathrow is “fantastic news” for residents, MPs have claimed.

There was mixed reaction this week nationally as transport secretary Chris Grayling announced the plans to expand Heathrow Airport.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said he was “extremely pleased” by the government’s decision.

He said: “I think it’s fantastic news for constituents and businesses in Redbridge.

“As Crossrail arrives in the borough, the third runway means we are even more connected.

“It opens up new opportunities for residents, especially new jobs and apprenticeships.

“One of the ways we will drive investment to the borough is through the Crossrail corridor.

“This runway helps connect more people to east London.”

The Department for Transport said construction on the runway in West London is unlikely to begin until 2020 or 2021. A public consultation will now be held.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes said the new runway was a sensible decision” which will reduce journeys to the airport.

He said: “I’m delighted.

“I think the government belatedly made the right decision.

“I think they should have done it seven years ago, when Labour supported it, but I’m very pleased that it has finally been passed.”

Mr Gapes, who was speaking to the Recorder from Geneva, said he expected more people will view Redbridge as a business destination.

He said: “People will be able to travel here easily for conferences and work.”


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