The High Court of Justice in London has rejected legal challenges from environmental campaigners opposed to the construction of a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

The ruling was delivered by Judge Gary Hickinbottom who said he did not accept the arguments made by environmentalists when the expansion of Heathrow was approved.

If opened, the runway at Heathrow is expected to be the first full-length runway built in the London area for 70 years, Reuters reported.

Welcoming the High Court ruling on the expansion, a Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are delighted with today’s ruling, which is a further demonstration that the debate on Heathrow expansion has been had and won, not only in Parliament, but in the courts also.

“We are getting on with delivering the once-in-a-generation project that will connect Britain to global growth, providing thousands of new jobs and an economic boost for this country and its future generations.”

“We are getting on with delivering the once-in-a-generation project that will connect Britain to global growth, providing thousands of new jobs and an economic boost.”

Arora Group said that the project, named Heathrow West, is set to be exhibited to members of the public from 8 May. The initial round of consultation will help shape a development consent order to deliver a new terminal on Heathrow’s western boundary.

The proposals do not include the Northwest Runway, or major works associated with the M25.

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In March, the High Court started hearing cases filed by five different petitioners opposing the proposed runway expansion project.

Prior to this, in January, a new report by the London Assembly Environment Committee suggested cancellation of plans for a third runway at the airport and measures to be taken to improve airspace in London.

The Aircraft Noise report calls for a halt at air traffic growth at Heathrow and London City airports.

CBI Infrastructure and Energy director Tom Thackray said: “As Heathrow’s plans show, expansion can – and must – be delivered in a way that benefits our economy and protects our environment as we deliver our ambitious climate change targets.

“With the new global links and routes it will bring, and the opportunity to unlock jobs right across the UK, a third runway at Heathrow operational by the 2030s will set the UK on course for a bright trading future.”