Belfast Telegraph

Heathrow expansion report delayed thanks to election

By Neil Lancefield

A key milestone in Heathrow Airport's expansion bid has been put back due to the snap general election, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

The publication of the final Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) setting out the Government's position and a subsequent Commons vote will not take place until "the first half of 2018", he said in a statement.

In October the Department for Transport said these steps would be taken in "late 2017/early 2018".

Explaining the delay, Mr Grayling said: "The timing of the election, in particular the need to re-start a select committee inquiry into the draft Airports NPS, means we now expect to lay any final NPS in Parliament in the first half of 2018, for a vote in the House of Commons.

"I will provide a further update to the House after the summer recess on our next steps following analysis of the consultation responses."

The expansion of Heathrow Airport has won the support of bodies including the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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