Following the leaked announcement on Tuesday morning that the third runway at Heathrow was to go ahead, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake joined other senior Liberal Democrats outside Downing Street to protest the decision to expand London Heathrow Airport.
The decision came after months of dithering and has disappointed local campaigners and residents who have long opposed the development. The Liberal Democrats have consistently opposed a third runway at Heathrow, due to concerns about poor air quality in the surrounding area as well as noise pollution.
“It is clear that the decision to expand Heathrow is bad for residents and bad for the environment. We have long pointed out concerns with increased traffic congestion, health-damaging air quality and noise pollution. These issues have simply not been addressed by the Government who seem determined to implement blindly the Davies Report conclusions.
"The reality is that airports such as Luton and Stansted have spare capacity. And in time HS2 will also allow easy access to Birmingham airport for many Londoners.
"We can improve the UK's international links through better use of all our airports. It is the triumph of vested interests for this Government to claim that the environmental wreckage created by a third Heathrow runway is a price worth paying."