I'm familiar with the arguments on both sides of this issue - and I'm a frequent user of LHR myself, so well aware of its ample shortcomings. Go-ahead for third Heathrow runway "In an attempt to mollify opponents of expansion, Mr Hoon announced plans for improved rail links from Heathrow. He also said that planes using the new runway would have to meet strict noise and air pollution targets." Well, that's OK then ... hundreds become homeless and Jobless, but at least they can bask in the comforting knowledge that folk can get to the airport a fraction more quickly and the aircraft landing on their old houses and schools will be whisper quiet and not too smoky. Residents weep at runway decision "Ms Howard, who lives in the village with her husband, said she had been campaigning to save the village for months but feels her only option now is to emigrate. She added: "We have been here for 12 years and all of a sudden Gordon Brown wants to change our way of living. For me, the only option now is to leave the country, maybe for New Zealand or Canada." Pick a number, get in line. I knew this was coming, but today Geoff Hoon has once again so ably demonstrated in this decision (not least by his arrogant attitude toward taking it) that he is, and always has been, an ass. I was involved in the Manchester Airport second runway project some years back and that caused immense ructions in opposing camps. This will likely be worse.