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Heathrow tunnel blocked by protest over 'third runway'

Demonstrators have blockaded the entrance tunnel to Heathrow Airport in protest at plans to build a third runway.

Three activists reportedly belonging to the Plane Stupid campaign group, have blocked the inbound tunnel, preventing people from accessing Terminals One, Two and Three.


Southern conductors to be balloted over industrial action

The union is unhappy with rostering arrangements Credit: ITV

Rail Union RMT is to ballot nearly 400 conductors on Southern Rail for strike action and action short of a strike over a range of issues which, they say, have led to a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations. The ballot will open next week and close on 15 December. One of the main issues is rostering. The union is required to give seven days notice in event of any action being taken.

More overcrowding for Thames Valley commuters

Overcrowding will continue for years to come Credit: Reading Station

Just when rail passengers in the Thames Valley thought the overcrowding situation was going to get better, Network Rail today revealed that the problem is set to continue for years to come.

The firm's own report - published this afternoon - confirms that the electrification project to upgrade tracks for new trains and carriages is in crisis. It's running up to four years late.

Costs have more than tripled from £800 million to £2.8 billion pounds. Proposals to offset the overspend include selling off Reading's new station. More later.

£250,000,000 to ease Operation Stack congestion

The M20 was closed for days on end Credit: ITV

The Chancellor has announced that he's providing a quarter of a billion pounds to address the problems of congestion caused by Operation Stack.

The M20 was closed for days on end last summer, when the motorway was used as lorry park to hold trucks bound for Calais.

But the resulting congestion hit the economy of Kent and the South East hard. George Osborne says he's listened to pleas from the Folkestone MP Damian Collins to fund a lorry park to tackle Stack.


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