Greening Gone

The minister or Transport Justine Greening has been removed from here post in the cabinet reshuffle today. Greening who was a vehement opponent of a third runway at Heathrow, as it would over fly her marginal Putney constituency, was known to have been a supporter of Boris Island and her removal could pave the way for a government U-turn and development at Heathrow. One obstacle to an extra Heathrow runway is the coalition agreement, which means the present Tory Lib Dem coalition government could not easily move forward on the issue. However with Greening out of the picture it is possible that Heathrow expansion could be a recommendation of the forthcoming consultation, a decision on which is likely to be delayed until after the next election. Boris Johnson described possible expansion at Heathrow as “simply mad” and pointed out that airport expansion “would mean more traffic, more noise, more pollution – and a serious reduction in the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people” something which is apparently unacceptable for the politicians of West London to accept in their area, but one that they are more than happy to dump on the people of Kent and Essex.

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