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What are the political parties' positions on aviation?

06 Dec 2019
All the political parties' manifestos have now been published and there are some strong pledges being made particularly on emissions and climate change. The Tories recognise the role of aviation and the importance of connectivity to the UK economy. The new third runway at Heathrow is still supported provided it can demonstrate that it can meet all the conditions on noise, air quality and carbon reductions as required in the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS). They are also keeping to their pre-election position to reduce carbon emissions and pollution to reach net zero carbon by 2050. 

Queen's Speech and transport policies

21 Jun 2017
The Queen's Speech was dominated by Brexit, with transport related policies forming only a brief element of the plans set out by the Government. That being said, a key piece of legislation for the High Speed Rail project is set to start it's next phase of progress through legislation with the introduction of the High Speed Phase 2A Bill. This will see the extension of High Speed Rail from the West Midlands to Crewe and follows the granting of Royal Assent to the HS2 Phase 1 Bill earlier this year. The preferred route for Phase 2A has been confirmed by the Government and it is clear that progress is being made on the project.
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Latest update on airport expansion

24 Oct 2016
Cabinet discussed the issue of airport capacity in South East England on 18 October 2016. A leaked letter confirmed that no decision was made, but it revealed what will happen next.


There will be a meeting of the Cabinet Economic and Industrial Strategy (Airports) sub-Committee tomorrow Tuesday 25 October 2016. The PM's letter reveals that the meeting "will decide upon a preferred scheme for the expansion from the three options recommended by the independent Airports Commission last year [2015]".

Over the weekend, Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Transport has said that the Government had still not decided which option to choose and would make the final decision on the day. He is expected to announce the choice to the House of Commons as soon as it has been made.