Heathrow and Gatwick expansion: residents campaign, parties stay silent

Heathrow and Gatwick expansion: residents campaign, parties stay silent

The big issue: Although the timetable for airport expansion has been artificially lengthened, decisions over transport infrastructure will play a part for voters in west London and Sussex

The regular clients who used to visit Hair by Jackie in the centre of Sipson have largely moved on: many left the village in 2010, the last time it looked like a third Heathrow runway would wipe out their homes. It’s a different place now, says proprietor Jackie Clark-Basten, but things were different all round then. She recently handed in a petition at Downing Street reminding David Cameron what he said then: no new runway.

“‘No ifs, no buts’!” she recalls. “At the last election there were promises in each manifesto. For Londoners it’s a big issue, and MPs should say. Residents obviously feel strongly – but nationally is it such a big deal?”

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Source: Guardian Transport

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