October 4, 2018 / 12:45 PM / a month ago

Legal challenges to UK Heathrow expansion set for March

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - A hearing will take place in March next year to consider legal challenges against the British government’s planned expansion of Heathrow Airport, a judge said on Thursday.

Mr Justice Holgate told a London court that he and another judge would oversee a full hearing in the case of five legal challenges which have been submitted against the plan to build a new runway at Heathrow.

Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, is operating at full capacity. The government won a vote in June to proceed with a 14 billion pound project to build a third runway, but the expansion faces opposition from local communities and environmentalists. (Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Stephen Addison)

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