RSM comments on Heathrow third runway decision

Andy Murray, partner at RSM, said: ‘Today’s decision marks the next step forward for Heathrow’s third runway as the Government’s Economic Sub-Committee approved the Airport National Policy Statement ahead of the parliamentary vote on 11 July. 

‘Interestingly the process to date is already overrunning by more than 6 months, which has added one year on to the expected completion date, which doesn’t bode well given there are still hurdles to overcome.

‘The complexity of the expansion will present a range of technical and logistical issues, which can and will be overcome by smart engineering. The more worryingly problem is the social and political complexity of this project. With a lot of attention focusing on Brexit, our ability to address the ‘social complexity’, by the new target of 2026, remains a major concern.’