The Economic Affairs [Transport] sub-committee, chaired by the Prime Minister Mrs May, is set to make the final decision on whether to back Heathrow or Gatwick, possibly both. Its taken fifteen years so far, so a short additional delay is a given.
It also gives time for Zac Goldsmith MP to consider his position on resigning to kick start a by-election in his Richmond constituency and Boris to reconsider his thoughts of lying down in front of the Heathrow bulldozers...
Westminster sources suggest the committee may be convened on Tuesday 25 October and the public announcement made shortly afterwards. Whatever is announced, the new Gatwick management say they will go still ahead with a privately financed option to build a new runway and at roughly half the price of the Heathrow deal.
Meanwhile the Heathrow third runway bid financed by public funding if approved, is set to face a barrage of legal challenges. London lawyers Bindmans are said to be among those already briefed.
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