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Branson on Heathrow runways, HS2 and more...

Sir Richard Branson is demanding more runways are built at Heathrow. He says it is the best option to solve the aviation crisis in the south east.

He says building a new airport in the Thames Estuary would lead to the closure of Heathrow and the loss of thousands of jobs in the Thames Valley.

He also has mixed views about the news HS2 rail scheme through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

He spoke to our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse at the launch of a new route from Gatwick to Cancun in Mexico.

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Branson: 'More Heathrow runways'

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson claims plans for a new airport in the Thames Estuary would lead to the closure of Heathrow with devastating consequences.

The boss of the Crawley-based airline says he believes that would be wrong and that the Government must seriously consider expanding Heathrow.

The Government has ruled out a third runway at Heathrow and is about to publish a long awaited consultation on future aviation policy in the region.

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