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Howard Davies: Thames Estuary is not the right answer

Speaking after the decision to kill off plans for a "Boris Island" Thames Estuary airport, Airport Commission chairman Sir Howard Davies, said: "We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames Estuary is the right answer to London's and the UK's connectivity needs."

"While we recognise the need for a hub airport, we believe this should be a part of an effective system of competing airports to meet the needs of a widely spread and diverse market like London's," he added.


Davies tells @lbc: 'We've been asked to do a careful analytical job. That's what we've done.' @itvlondon

Having ruled out the Thames Estuary option, the commission is left with three shortlisted schemes for airport expansion - two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport in west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex.

The commission is due to make its final report to ministers in summer 2015 - after the general election.

Boris Johnson: Rejection is a very temporary setback

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Speaking about the rejection of the plans for a new major airport to be built in the Thames Estuary, mayor Boris Johnson has said the "Estuary airport is not dead".


Mayor; What this lacks is political will. Davies is not finding enough support in Whitehall. @itvlondon


Mayor: The idea of the estuary is right. Expanding Heathrow is going to compound a planning error. @itvlondon


Motorcyclist dies following collision in Upminster

Police are appealing for information and witnesses to come forward after a motorcyclist died in a collision with a van at St Mary's Lane junction in Upminster.

Police were called to the scene at 17:05 yesterday to find a 32-year-old man suffering serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 17:54.

Next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination is due be held.

The driver of the van has been spoken to by police. No arrests have been made.

'Londoners deserve an apology from their mayor'

Responding to news that the Airports Commission has ruled a Thames Estuary airport option off its final shortlist, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said:

Boris Johnson has long known that an estuary airport option was simply not viable, but has ploughed on regardless and wasted more than £5m of taxpayer money pursuing this pie-in-the-sky vanity project.

If anything, Londoners now deserve an apology from their Mayor. He has wasted valuable public money promoting an estuary airport to raise his profile, when the expert evidence all along suggested the idea was environmentally and financially doomed.

– Val Shawcross

Taxis under the microscope

Black cab taxi sign lit up
Committee to look into issues facing taxi industry Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Licencing, compliance and passenger safety will be the main topics under discussion at a Transport Committee meeting on the taxi and private hire car industry today. The committee will explore what the Mayor and Transport for London are doing to address the issues faced by the industry, including rogue mini cab drivers and unsafe vehicles. Eight guests will be questioned, including London's Deputy Mayor for Transport Isabel Dedring. A team will also travel to a central London destination and inspect both taxi and private hire vehicles and their drivers to ensure they are licenced and fit for purpose.
The search will involve TfL Compliance Officers, the Met Cab Enforcement Unit, Police and the Department for Work and Pension.


London hotel prices on the rise

Aerial view of London City
London hotel prices on the rise Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

A night in London does not come cheaply, with a new report finding hotel prices have risen in the first half of 2014. The first six months of this year saw a 4% rise in prices across London's hotels, with a 9% jump in just the first three months. According to the report, hotel prices across the world also rose by 4% but the sharpest growth was recorded in Latin America and the Caribbean. London also registered some of the highest visitor numbers, with 3.6 million people travelling to the city in the first half this year.

Airport plans rejected

A plan to build a major new airport to the east of London was rejected by a government-appointed commission this morning dealing a blow to its high-profile backer, the city's mayor Boris Johnson.

The Airports Commission said the idea to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, nicknamed Boris Island, had not made the shortlist of options it is considering to expand Britain's runway capacity

The Royal Mail to trial new hours

Postman on rounds
The Royal Mail to trial Sunday opening hours Credit: PA Images

The Royal Mail is set to trial new Sunday opening hours starting this weekend.

Around 100 delivery offices across the UK will be open this Sunday and parcel deliveries will be made within the M25 area.

The move comes as the Royal Mail is experiencing higher than ever parcel volumes attributed to the rise in online shopping across the country.

The company says extended trading hours mean many of those who aren't able to collect their parcels during the week will now have the flexibility to claim their goods.

The trial will begin with opening hours between 12pm and 4pm.

Stabbing in Walthamstow

Detectives in Waltham Forest are appealing for information and witnesses to come forward after a woman was attacked in Walthamstow.

Police were called at 3.05pm on Monday, 1st September, to reports of a woman stabbed at a residential property in Hatherley Road, E17.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a 24-year-old woman suffering from stab wounds to her arm and neck.

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