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Sloping third runway to cut costs by US$3.4 billion


London Heathrow has proposed a sloping runway to cut GBP2.5 billion (US$3.4 billion) in costs from airport expansion plans, reports Bloomberg.
The proposed new plan is to raise the runway so that the M25 motorway can by spanned by lowering it seven metres (23 feet), thus reducing tunnel costs.
The road would be moved 150 metres west so that construction can be completed without impacting traffic flows.
Europe's busiest hub also proposed the phased opening of new terminals and a number of alternative road links as part of a 10-week consultation aimed at reducing costs.
The objective is to cut costs on the projected GBP16 billion expansion to where it would not involve big increases in user fees.
The airport also put forward suggestions on noise, pollution and flight frequencies applicable when airspace rules are developed for the enlarged airport.
Heathrow's expansion has yet to gain the approval of British Airways, its biggest carrier, which says the cost is too high and has called for a shorter, cheaper runway.
With a national policy statement on the new strip facing a parliamentary vote in the first half, the airport also wants to win over local residents and legislators who have argued that growth should be focused elsewhere, away from urban populations.

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