Heathrow Airport publishes ‘masterplan’ for third runway Jun 19, 2019 0 1403 12345 AFPLondonHeathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, on Tuesday issued plans for its controversial third runway, including the rerouting of rivers and roads, as it sought also to allay environmental concerns.Britain’s government last year finally approved the third runway after decades of acrimonious debate.“Heathrow Airport today unveils its preferred masterplan for expansion,” said a statement from the airport, which is owned by a consortium led by Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial.The detailed plan includes ‘tough new measures’ to reduce emissions, limit noise and curb night-time flights.The M25 motorway that rings London will be rerouted under the new runway, while river corridors will also be diverted.“We’re working with those impacted residents, communities and local authorities to identify appropriate mitigation measures,” the plan said.“New river corridors will be created to channel the existing rivers and wildlife away from construction sites and the new runway.” Construction is expected to start in 2022, with the runway built by approximately 2026. New terminals will not be ready until around 2050.The expansion is expected to cost about £30 billion ($38 billion, €34 billion), according to the BBC, including £14 billion on the first phase.The hub, west of London, aims to increase its total capacity to 130 million passengers per day, compared with the current level of about 78 million. “Expansion must not come at any cost,” said Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s executive director for expansion, presenting a new public consultation that will run until September.“That is why we have been working with partners at the airport, in local communities and in government to ensure our plans show how we can grow sustainably and responsibly -- with environmental considerations at the heart of expansion. “This consultation is an opportunity for people to have their say on our preferred masterplan,” she added.Heathrow will also issue compensation for affected homeowners, and establish a noise insulation policy and a community fund.The third runway has faced stiff opposition for many years from campaigners who cited the negative impacts on noise and air pollution, habitat destruction, transport congestion, and climate change.London Mayor Sadiq Khan, along with environmental charities and local councils, lost a court battle to prevent the Heathrow expansion. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump heads back to base for 2020 campaign kickoff Jun 19, 2019 0 772 Merkel says she’s ‘fine’ after trembling spell Jun 19, 2019 0 257 Boris Johnson solidifies lead in race for UK prime minister Jun 19, 2019 0 343 Teenager who called UK’s Prince Harry ‘race traitor’ is jailed LONDON: A teenage neo-Nazi who called for Britain’s Prince Harry a race traitor months after his marriage to US actress Meghan Markle and suggested he should be shot was jailed for more than four years on Tuesday, the BBC .. Backlash in Ukraine as president says beautiful women ‘our brand’ Kiev: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has described beautiful women as part of the country’s “brand”, prompting a furious backlash from activists and on social media on Tuesday. “Tourists have always said that .. New York approves driving licences for illegal migrants New YORK: New York State on Monday passed a law allowing undocumented migrants to obtain their driving license, a controversial move by the Democratic stronghold intended to thwart the Trump administration’s .. Over 50 German cities willing to take refugees from Mediterranean boats DPA Berlin More than fifty German municipalities have declared their willingness to take in migrants rescued from boats on the Mediterranean, an Interior Ministry spokesman said in Berlin on Tuesday. The .. Trump’s pick for Pentagon chief pulls out AFP Washington US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his pick for defence secretary, Patrick Shanahan, has withdrawn, leaving the Pentagon without a permanent boss for more than six months just as tensions soar in ..