Heathrow expansion: The four biggest environmental challenges

Heathrow airport opened a consultation in June on its plans to construct a controversial third runway. Over hundreds of pages of its updated scheme development report, it set how just what a gargantuan effort the project will require, with plans to divert rivers, bury part of the M25 motorway and demolish and expand rebuild existing terminals. ENDS takes a look at the environmental barriers the plan faces – and how Heathrow intends to tackle them.

by Simon Pickstone
A plane flies over Myrtle Avenue, Hounslow: noise pollution is one of the big hurdles faced by Heathrow airport's expansion plans (James D. Morgan/Getty).
A plane flies over Myrtle Avenue, Hounslow: noise pollution is one of the big hurdles faced by Heathrow airport's expansion plans (James D. Morgan/Getty).

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