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div class="track"img alt="" src="" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"London mayor says third runway will not be built as long as he is in office, but is open to more aviation capacity for the capital/ppBoris Johnson, the Conservative mayoral candidate, has warned that further expansion of Heathrow would be "an environmental disaster " and akin to trying to "cram a quart into a pint pot"./ppJohnson, the incumbent Conservative mayor who is seeking re-election in May, made clear his ongoing opposition to the idea of a third runway at Heathrow, insisting that "it will not be built as long as I am mayor."/ppHe issued the warning amid reports that David Cameron and George Osborne are keen to re-examine long term policy on Heathrow amid fears that it is choking off economic growth. "'Heathrow has a great future as a key UK airport. But we cannot endlessly expand it, and cram a quart into a pint pot," Johnson said./pp"A third runway would be an environmental disaster. It would mean a huge increase in planes over London, and intolerable traffic and fumes in the west of the city – and it will not be built as long as I am mayor of London./pp"That is why the government is right to look at all new solutions for extra aviation capacity except the third runway at Heathrow. I look forward to engaging with [transport secretary] Justine Greening's consultation this summer."/ppThe reported rethink about Heathrow will be embarrassing for Johnson, who is presenting himself at the mayoral election "as the only candidate who can secure a better deal for Londoners from No10."/ppJohnson has consistently opposed a third runway but has been building the case for the past four years for a new a href="" title="airport hub on the Thames Estuary"airport hub on the Thames estuary/a to create extra airport capacity in the south-east on economic grounds. The government recently confirmed it would consult on the issue, though Johnson told the Guardian over the weekend that despite his efforts, "contrary to popular belief I am not the slightest bit wedded to some remote archipelago in the Thames estuary."/ppJohnson is open to airport capacity being expanded at other sites, including Gatwick and Stansted./ppHowever, Justine Greening has previously ruled out both in answers to parliamentary questions./ppKen Livingstone, the Labour mayoral candidate, is generally opposed to expansion in the Greater London region, but has not ruled out expansion at Stansted if the business community can mount a good case that more flights are needed. He has outlined hopes for a "Crossrail 2 and 3" which would provide more rail services across the capital to link with trains coming into London./pdiv class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"ullia href=""Heathrow third runway/a/lilia href=""Airline industry/a/lilia href=""Travel and transport/a/lilia href=""London/a/lilia href=""Heathrow/a/lilia href=""Air transport/a/lilia href=""Boris Johnson/a/lilia href=""Ken Livingstone/a/li/ul/divdiv class="author"a href=""Hélène Mulholland/a/divbr/div class="terms"a href="" copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our a href=",,933909,00.html"Terms Conditions/a | a href=""More Feeds/a/divp style="clear:both" /
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