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Regional airports now main focus of anti-expansion campaigns

25/05/2010 Leave a comment

BAA today conceded defeat over its plans to expand Heathrow after the new government ruled out plans to expand Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. This now leaves the focus on regional airports such as Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham. Already over the past few weeks there have been a number protests against local airport expansion such as the Todays action by Plane Stupid at Manchester Airport. Earlier this month saw local students and environmental groups from across the West Midlands take part in a 10 mile protest bike ride along the A45 Coventry Road, which is now a central argument against the plans as it is set to be diverted to allow the airport to expand. This would mean Birmingham City and Solihull Councils spending £32million of public money to fund a project owned by a private company.

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