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Tube strike talks to resume today

Talks are due to resume later today to try and avert a second tube strike planned for August 5th.

All four transport unions are due to strike on August 5th Credit: Reuters

Discussions at reconciliation service ACAS between union leaders and tube bosses have so far failed.

All four transport unions are planning to walk out in a row over conditions for staff when the new night tube service begins later this year. Last week's strike was the biggest for 13 years and brought the whole network to a standstill.

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Former TfL boss Sir Peter Hendy takes over at Network Rail

Former Transport for London Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy will start his first day on the job as the new chairman of Network Rail today.

Sir Peter Hendy was a senior figure at TfL for almost 15 years before being made chairman of Network Rail Credit: Transport for London

He was installed in the job by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin late last month. It's hoped he can help rescue Britain's rail network after over-running engineering work at stations such as London Bridge led to a catalogue of delays for commuters. He is expected by the government to undertake a review of Network Rail's investment programme over the next few months.

London Underground boss Mike Brown is taking over as the interim TfL Commissioner until a permanent replacement is recruited.

Gatwick bosses accuse runway reports of using 'inaccurate assumptions'

Bosses at Gatwick Airport have criticised a report recommending a new runway should be built at Heathrow, accusing it of relying on an inaccurate 'economic modelling of assumptions'.

easyJet plane landing at Gatwick Airport Credit: PA

Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the Gatwick Airport Board, said the Airports Commission had understated both Gatwick's strengths and the challenges faced by Heathrow when it made its decision to favour a new runway at the west London airport.

Credit: PA

We are quite absolutely sure that what they have finally settled on does not make sense, and we will be putting that point as strongly as we can to the Government.

– Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the Gatwick Airport Board

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Boris: Heathrow development plans would be disaster

Boris Johnson has told ITV News that the Airport Commission's proposals for a third runway at Heathrow will lead to a massive increase in noise and air pollution over London and suggested little has changed since the West London airport's first plans for redevelopment three years ago.

The Mayor of London seemed wary that the planned expansion would lead to the erosion of a night flight ban and eventually a fourth runway, which Mr Johnson said would be a "real disaster".

Zac Goldsmith: Third Heathrow runway 'not going to happen'

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, who is seeking nomination as the party's candidate for London mayor and has been a vocal opponent of a third runway, said:

Zac Goldsmith Credit: PA

It's not going to happen. I don't think anyone believes Heathrow expansion is possible or deliverable politically. There are conditions in this report on air quality and noise pollution that are irreconcilable with Heathrow expansion.

– Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP for Richmond Park

Mr Goldsmith said he would honour his pledge to stand down as an MP and force a by-election in his Richmond Park constituency if a Conservative government gives the green light to the third runway option.

Community 'betrayed by Cameron' over Heathrow

Labour MP John McDonnell, whose Hayes and Harlington constituency includes Heathrow, said:

My community has been absolutely betrayed by David Cameron who said 'No ifs, no buts, no third runway'.

We will fight with every mechanism available, including political lobbying, legal action and where necessary direct action to save our homes and community.

The Davies proposals will result in 4,000 homes being demolished or rendered unlivable by air and noise pollution, including the demolition of schools, community centres and places of worship.

The Davies proposal for a third runway at Heathrow will provoke the biggest environmental campaign the UK and Europe has seen. The fight goes on.

– John McDonnell, Labour MP
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