The Chamberlain Files | Homepage
Another airport delay, but Birmingham set for lift off

Another airport delay, but Birmingham set for lift off

🕔18.Oct 2016

A Government decision about a third runway at Heathrow has been put back a week in order to allow ministers to “freely express” their views. 

It is understood that Birmingham will be urged by government to advance its proposals for an additional runway. Chamberlain Files believes that will encourage Birmingham Airport to bring forward publication of its next draft master plan, to include a second runway.

A decision on airport capacity had originally been expected to today, but No 10 lobby briefings yesterday and this morning confirmed a delay of a further week. Cabinet met and discussed the issue earlier with a further week said to allow ministers who oppose the decision to have a “set period” to express their views.

Collective Cabinet responsibility has been temporarily suspended. A free vote will be allowed on the issue.

A Cabinet sub-committee, chaired by the Prime Minister, will make the final decision next week. The Economy and Industrial Strategy (Airports) sub-committee includes Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, Tory chair Patrick McLoughlin and Chief Whip Gavin Williamson. All are MPs with constituencies in the Midlands Engine area. There are no London MPs on the sub-committee.

Birmingham Airport was the only non-London based airport to not be entirely discounted by the Airport Commission’s report. The interim report stated that:

It would offer the largest catchment of people within two hours of the airport of all options. This is largely dependent on the journey time assumptions of HS2, which also makes the London airport system easier to access for passengers from Birmingham’s core aviation market.

It is also reported by New Civil Engineer that Gatwick will be encouraged to develop its next runway in five years’ time.

Similar Articles

Street expects pre-summer Skills Deal

Street expects pre-summer Skills Deal 0

Fresh from his return from the Gold Coast, Australia, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street told

Gender pay gaps: how West Midlands councils compare

Gender pay gaps: how West Midlands councils compare 0

At the risk of hyperbole, this month's required publication by nearly 10,000 companies and public

VOTE2018: Council battlegrounds on 3 May

VOTE2018: Council battlegrounds on 3 May 3

With the Commonwealth Games baton handed to Birmingham and as schools and offices return from

MIPIM underlined Midlands momentum

MIPIM underlined Midlands momentum

Momentum is with the Midlands after the best MIPIM for years.  That was the verdict of

This year’s council tax experience – how was it for you?

This year’s council tax experience – how was it for you?

With local elections exactly one month away and the new tax year arriving in three

About Author

Chamberlain Files Weekly

Don't miss a thing! Sign up for our free weekly summary of the Chamberlain Files from RJF Public Affairs.
* = required field

powered by MailChimp!

Our latest tweets

Published by

Published by

.

Our community