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Heathrow Boss wants Boris Johnson's backing

Bosses at Heathrow want to build a third runway Credit: PA

Heathrow's chief executive has urged Boris Johnson to back expansion at London's biggest airport should plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary be scrapped.

Airports Commission could exclude plans for the so-called "Boris Island" from its list of options for new runways in the South East.

The Mayor of London has announced he's seeking the Conservative candidacy at Uxbridge and South Ruislip at next year's general election.

John Holland-Kaye has published an open letter he has written to Mr Johnson quoting the mayor's former thoughts on airport capacity. Boris Johnson is opposed to expansion at Heathrow.

John Holland-Kaye has written an open letter to Boris Johnson Credit: PA

Mr Holland-Kaye said Heathrow would be "the only option left in the race" should the estuary plan be ditched.

Uxbridge and South Ruislip borders Heathrow, with many people in the constituency depending on the airport for employment.

Boris Johnson hopes to be the new MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip Credit: PA

Missing man's disappearance 'out of character'

Have you seen Steven Edwards, last spotted in the Heathrow area? Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are appealing for help in finding a Staffordshire man who was last seen near Heathrow. Steven Edwards, who's 28, and from Burntwood, has not been seen since Monday, 11 August.

It is not known what he is wearing but is believed to be carrying a khaki brown rucksack. Police say he hasn't been seen or heard from for a week, and this is out of character for him.

Insp Rachel Joyce, of Lichfield District Local Policing Team, said: "We are working closely with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police to locate him as our inquiries have established he was last seen in the Heathrow area of London last Monday, 11 August."

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Heathrow Express relocates managers to platforms

Heathrow Express has relocated its senior managers to one of its station platforms. Directors will be based on the concourse beneath Heathrow airport's Terminal 5.

Heathrow Express train at Paddington Station Credit: PA

One criticism of senior management at many companies is they spend too much time in the 'ivory tower' of head office and not enough time listening to and talking to customers and frontline employees. Our new platform office addresses this. We got the idea for this from Stockholm's Arlanda Express, whose managers use it to engage with customers and frontline staff. It has proved a great success there so we're trying it here.

– Keith Greenfield, Managing Director

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The sooner we start planning Heathrow 'the better'

The demand for new homes and jobs in the capital is such that we must be ready to start redeveloping Heathrow the moment it moves to its new site. And the sooner we start planning the better. We asked our architects to be as creative as possible and these designs illustrate strikingly different visions of a Heathrow of the future. However the key point is that all these scenarios would potentially create some of the many thousands of new jobs and homes this city will require given London is expected to increase in size by a fifth within the next 15 years. How we deal with that is something we need to be planning for and debating right now. Those discussions must not be delayed.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Three firms of architects submit designs for Heathrow

Designs, from three firms of architects, include proposals for new park land, scientific research centres and a factory for modular housing units to make it easier for people to build their own homes.

  • Hawkins\Brown - This is the one that includes the factory-for-homes plan. Online customisation would allow Londoners to order homes to their own specifications as is common in a number of European countries, where 'self-build' is a popular way of creating new homes
Proposed design for 'Heathrow City' Credit: Rick Mather
  • Rick Mather Architects - Their proposal would see the Heathrow site evolve to become a new hub city by working with the existing structure and using the terminals as generators to development. The former runways would define the structure of the city and connect 10 distinct local centres.
Proposed design for 'Heathrow City' Credit: Rick Mather
  • Maccreanor Lavington - Their vision for Heathrow City aims to develop a fully functioning city within the metropolis, characterised by a rich mix of ecology, culture, employment and liveability. Existing buildings would be used to establish fresh development and new forestation is laid down.
Proposed design for 'Heathrow City' Credit: Maccreanor Lavington

New designs for 'Heathrow City' if the airport closes

Architects have come up with designs for 'Heathrow City', a 190,000-home town that would spring up if the west London airport closes. Supported by London Mayor Boris Johnson who backs a Thames Estuary airport to replace Heathrow, the redevelopment of Heathrow could potentially support 90,000 new jobs and add £7.5 billion to the UK economy.

Aerial view of Heathrow airport in west London Credit: PA

Aircraft landed safely after 'burning smell' in cockpit

A British Airways flight was forced to return to Heathrow a short time ago, after a 'burning smell' in the cockpit. Flight BA676 to Istanbul suffered a technical fault.

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