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CAMPAIGNERS opposed to the proposed runway extension at Birmingham International Airport have demanded that authorites come clean over plans.

CAMPAIGNERS opposed to the proposed runway extension at Birmingham International Airport have demanded that authorites come clean over plans.

Concerns have increased following an announcement by BIA’s chief executive Paul Kehoe claiming work wouldn’t start for at least five years.

Opponents are now calling for more clarity about both the amount of work which will be required and who will pay for it.

Birmingham Friends of the Earth spokesman Joe Peacock confirmed: “We’re being deliberately kept in the dark over this. They had a board meeting this week where investors from Canada and Australia came to discuss the funding. We’d like to know where we stand on this!

Birmingham and Solihull councils are believed to have offered £16million apiece of state-aid money to allow work on the runaway extension to commence which would involve moving the exisiting A45.

However the details of this work remain private which has led to Birmingham Friends of the Earth demanding relevent documents be made available for public scrutiny.

Mr Peacock claimed: “We understood that moving the A45 meant going under a tunnel. However the amount of money they are now quoting it would take to complete the work seems considerably less than was first claimed. It appears to be much cheaper and they’re not explaining why this would be.”

Friends of the Earth are unhappy over the increase in air traffic the runway extension would create together with the added pollution.

 

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