United to fight further airport expansion

MPs in North Somerset have joined forces against plans to expand Bristol International Airport (BIA). Weston MP John Penrose and Dr Liam Fox, who represents Woodspring constituency, are concerned that plans for the airport to grow may cause more congestio

MPs in North Somerset have joined forces against plans to expand Bristol International Airport (BIA).Weston MP John Penrose and Dr Liam Fox, who represents Woodspring constituency, are concerned that plans for the airport to grow may cause more congestion and limited rail and road access.They say extra passengers would cause more problems to already badly congested roads in the area and there is no Government money available for improvements. Increased airport noise was also raised as a concern.Mr Penrose said: "We feel that the three critical points, economic and environmental impact, infrastructure and noise are not being properly addressed by BIA and the case for expansion cannot be successfully made."A BIA spokesman said: "We are finalising our proposed master plan, which will map out plans for the airport over the next decade. "This will contain a full and thorough review of the economic benefits, environmental impact and infrastructure implications associated with the airport's plans.


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