The Transport Select Committee (TSC) published its report on the 3rd runway, today 23 March 2018, scrutinising the DfT’s Revised National Policy Statement. The TSC has taken oral and written evidence challenging and expanding on the DfT’s biased work.
The report backs a third runway at Heathrow but has come up with some challenging conditions including tougher air pollution targets and a 7 hour night flight ban. The Government will respond to the Committee in a few weeks time. It doesn’t need to accept the conditions but the Committee warns that unless it does it could leave the NPS open to a legal challenge. A Parliamentary vote is still expected in the summer.
The report can be viewed here