UK’s Bristol Airport Expansion Scheme Slammed by Defence Secretary

23 May 2010 (Last Updated May 23rd, 2010 18:30)

The UK's Defence Secretary Liam Fox has opposed an expansion plan by one of the nation's smaller international airports – Bristol Airport – saying it could affect traffic on the roads in the region. The airport has planned a £150m ($216m) expansion to cater for increased dem

The UK's Defence Secretary Liam Fox has opposed an expansion plan by one of the nation's smaller international airports – Bristol Airport – saying it could affect traffic on the roads in the region.

The airport has planned a £150m ($216m) expansion to cater for increased demand but the defence secretary told the local council responsible for approving the plans that they could worsen existing traffic issues in villages in North Somerset, particularly in Barrow Gurney.

The proposed expansion will increase passenger numbers at the airport to ten million a year and include a five-storey car park, expanded terminal and improved transport links.

Councillors will review a 260-page report, which backs the expansion, this month at a meeting of the authority's planning and regulatory committee.