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Let us put things into perspective.
Gatwick has a legally binding document prohibiting the construction (or opening??) of any new runway till August 2019.
Stanstead has the plans for a second runway which could be built in those six years. If there is a need for increased rail capacity it is not immediate so does not have to be ready for 2019 but can be a couple of years later. On the other hand the sooner the better for the commuters on the route.
In the same time span a third runway/sixth terminal at Heathrow or more runways at Luton could be open and working.
However, these statements are dependent on political will which is frustratingly lacking. Leadership is called for but appeasement is the rule. Because of short term gains(or losses) nobody wants a really profound debate on the subject of airports and capacity. To get Britain working again it needs people to get to grips with issues like this, but nobody except ourselves, does debate the matter.