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Government and the Airports Commission will note London businesses have clear preferences for Heathrow-focused solutions to the airport capacity issue.

While it is important that the role of the UK's hub airport is recognised, London Chamber believes that practical future proofing of the UK economy should see new runways built at both Heathrow and Gatwick, in a staggered approach.

– Colin Stanbridge, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Summons issued against six Uber taxi drivers

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

The case is now on hold after the cabbies trade union, the LTDA, began separate proceedings against a number of Uber drivers in the magistrates court.

Protest in June by black cab and licensed taxi drivers Credit: PA

Leon Daniels, a senior executive at TfL, said the LTDA's action meant the High Court would refuse to consider the case until the criminal proceedings ended.

"I regret therefore that the essential and binding clarity about how the law should be applied in these circumstances will not be delivered for some considerable time."

Steve McNamara, of the LTDA said his organisation had issued summons against six Uber drivers alleging use of a private hire vehicle equipped with a meter. He said:

"We have no confidence in TfL's legal team at all, therefore we've issued private prosecutions in the magistrate's court.

"The meter isssue is a criminal matter. Let the criminal courts decide. TfL's legal advice is wrong and they are an impotent regulator."

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