Delay on Heathrow decision disappointing, says ICE

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told the House of Commons a decision on the UK’s airport capacity will be delayed.

Commenting, Institution of Civil Engineers Director General, Nick Baveystock, said:

"This is disappointing news - Government commissioned a comprehensive review to establish the best expansion option for the UK, and this resulted in a clear recommendation. We recognise the difficult political situation but now more than ever we need a bold, strategic decision on the country's future hub capacity and leaders who can step up to the mark. We now face yet more uncertainty, and indefinite delay on an issue that is critical to the UK's competitiveness."

Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 88,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.