Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, has said that he is hopeful that a decision on where the new runway in southern England will be placed would be made by late July.
McLoughlin said that the decision has been delayed due to environmental concerns and not for political considerations relating to the timing of the London Mayoral elections. He said to the Transport Select Committee:
“So I think to somehow now say the only reason we’re not taking a decision is because of the mayoral election is not really credible. But I know that’s what some people want to interpret on that”.