Heathrow rejects accusation it thwarted rival proposal for an extended runway  

The UK press has reported that a ‘fresh row has erupted’ about expansion at Heathrow, after the transport secretary Chris Grayling said the ‘main reason’ he could not recommend the extended runway option was because the airport owners would not guarantee to build it. 

However, Heathrow rejected the accusation, and said: “Heathrow did not ever veto any plan. As the secretary of state identifies there were several issues which led to the Government choosing a north-west runway at Heathrow. In the end, the Government followed the advice of the Airports Commission which after its 2.5 year, £20 million study – the biggest ever into the issue – found a north-west runway delivers on all fronts including economic value, safety and benefits to local communities.” 

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