Boris Johnson thinks the third runway at Heathrow is 'undeliverable' and probably won't happen

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Boris Johnson isn't particularly pleased with Tuesday's decision giving the third runway at Heathrow the green light. In fact, he doesn't even think it'll come into fruition.

He said the project would cause "inevitable degradation" to the quality of life of people under the potential new flight paths.

His comments came after the Government gave its backing to the proposal, to the dismay of campaigners.

Boris Johnson
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He said: "A third runway is undeliverable. The day when the bulldozers appear is a long way off, if indeed they ever materialise."

Johnson said the new runway would create a "hell" of aircraft noise above London, moments after pausing the interview to wait for a passing jet.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Johnson suggested that his plan for a new airport in the Thames Estuary was a "better solution".

Heathrow
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He said: "No other great city would do this to its inhabitants. New York is going to be the city of beautiful skyscrapers, Paris the city of lights and London in the future, if we go ahead with this project, will be known as the city of planes."

Johnson anticipated the proposal would be "snarled up" in legal cases and pointed out that it was not the first time a government had given its approval to Heathrow.

"We have been here before and we are going to see an inevitable fight in the courts and I think the chances of success for the proponents of the third runway are not high," he said.