The new Lib-Con (Con-Dem?) coalition has scrapped the plans for a 3rd runway at Heathrow. Most Twickenham residents will be highly chuffed about that. Although there’s a bit of the “nimby” in most of us, do we really need more air traffic with all the associated noise and pollution when we’re supposed to be busy cutting down on our air miles, food miles and just about everyhing else that’s bad for the environment. Supporters of the 3rd runaway (i.e. BAA and the airlines) will see it as an opportunity for growth that’s been snuffed out but if we put BA’s profits to one side for a moment, surely there’s now a great opportunity to invest newer and greener alternatives to jetting about in metal tubes.