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Thames Estuary airport plans to be examined

The government is to hold a formal consultation on controversial plans for a new airport in the Thames Estuary.

Downing Street said no decisions had been made but ministers wanted to explore all options for maintaining the UK's status as a global aviation hub.

David Cameron has ruled out expanding Heathrow but his deputy Nick Clegg is said to be opposed to the estuary idea.

Richard Westcott reports.

  • 18 Jan 2012
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