Heathrow publishes 'masterplan' for controversial third runway

phys.org | 2/5/2018 | Staff
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London Heathrow, 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.

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"Heathrow 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.

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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.

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"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.

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The expansion is expected to cost about £30 billion ($38 billion, 34 billion euros), 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...
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