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Heathrow third runway approved by MPs

MPs have voted in favour of a third runway at Heathrow in a crucial Commons vote on airport expansion.

A vote at 10pm on Monday night saw the majority of MPs back the construction of a third runway at Heathrow.

The vote saw 415 MPs back Heathrow’s plans, with 119 MPs voting against.

Ahead of the vote yesterday, the government issued a three-line whip to Conservative MPs in an effort to ensure a majority in favour of expansion.

Nevertheless, a number of Conservative MPs voted against it including Greg Hands, Zak Goldsmith and Justine Greening.

The Scottish National Party abstained from the vote earlier on Monday, despite previously backing expansion.

On 5 June transport secretary Chris Grayling secured support for his National Policy Statement supporting expansion at Heathrow Airport.

On securing that backing, Mr Grayling called the third runway the “the biggest transport decision in a generation”.

The decision comes nearly three years after Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission chose Heathrow ahead of Gatwick as the location for airport expansion in the South-east.

Following the vote, Heathrow will now put forward a development consent order for the scheme. The transport secretary is expected to decide on whether to approve the DCO in 2020.

Construction of the runway could start in 2021 and open at the end of 2025.

However, a number of London councils – Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead – have said they will take legal action.

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