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Boris renews attack on 'barbaric' Heathrow plan

Boris Johnson has renewed his attack on proposals to expand Heathrow airport, calling the plans "barbarically contemptuous of the rights of the population".

Boris Johnson claimed plans to expand Heathrow were 'contemptuous' of local people. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Mayor of London was writing in the Daily Telegraph as business chiefs published a report urging politicians to make sure work on airport expansion has "spades on the ground" by 2020.

Mr Johnson, who favours a new hub in the Thames Estuary, claimed building extra runways at Heathrow was "desperately short-sighted" and would cause congestion and "medical problems associated with pollution".

Business chiefs urge action on airport expansion

Proposals for airport expansion due next summer must lead to "spades on the ground" by 2020, a report from the Confederation of British Industry has said.

The CBI also stressed the importance of having a single hub airport in the UK with spare capacity for new routes.

Expanding Gatwick is one option the Airport Commission is looking at. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Airport Commission is currently looking at two potential schemes to expand Heathrow, one to expand Gatwick, as well as the so-called 'Boris Island' plan for an airport in the Thames Estuary.

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CAA: ATOL certificate 'protects' money paid to bust firm

Any customers who received and Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (ATOL) certificate when booking with the now bust Student Adventures travel company are protected for the money they paid directly to the company, according to the Civil Aviation Authority.

They said that GBCE, Student Adventures parent company held an ATOL certificate until March 31 this year.

They added: "Consumers who received an ATOL certificate when booking are protected for any money they paid directly to the company."

"We understand there are approximately 100 consumers currently abroad, but these people will have scheduled airline tickets so will be able to travel home as planned. We are looking into the impact on forward bookings and will publish advice for consumers who are yet to travel shortly."

Student 'cheated' by travel company collapse

A student who was due to climb Mount Everest said she feels "cheated" by the collapse of a travel firm who texted her about their collapse as she waited at the airport.

Rosie Cleere, 19, said she received a text from travel firm Student Adventures on Thursday morning - the day of departure - reminding her to meet at Heathrow Airport at 4:45pm.

But with just 15 minutes to spare at 4:30pm, a text message arrived from the company advising her to check her email.

The email informed the students that the company had ceased trading and said it was "unable to provide any services for you as a customer of ours whilst you are in-country in Nepal."

Cleere who said she spent hundreds of pounds and months training for the trip, said: "I was devastated, I was sobbing. Some of my other friends were sobbing. I was still crying even today when I've been talking about it." She added: "It feels as though we've been completely cheated."

The English Literature student at Newcastle University, added that the company should have informed them before they travelled to the airport.

Students stranded in Africa after travel firm collapse

A group of 11 students who are currently climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for charity has been left stranded after a travel firm went bust.

Students have been left stranded up Mt Kilimanjaro after a travel firm went bust. Credit: Reuters

The collapse of travel company Student Adventures, run by GBCE Ltd, means that the youngsters will not have accomodation or travel booked for their remaining time in Tanzania, the Practical Action charity has been told.

As a result, the charity - which uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries - has sent representatives from its Kenya and UK offices to offer support and advice, arrange accommodation and transport and ensure the students' safety before they return to the UK.

Women 'posing for photos' on M6 taken to station

Three women who were "posing for photos" on one of the UK's busiest motorways have been taken to a police station.

The women stopped on the M6 - regarded as one of the UK's busiest motorways - to pose for photos. Credit: PA Wire

West Midlands Police received "numerous calls" about three women who had pulled over on the hard shoulder of the M6 to take pictures at around 11am on Friday morning.

Officers responded and found the women on the hard shoulder of a slip road which leads from the A38M Aston Expressway at Birmingham to junction six of the M6 northbound.

The women were taken to a police station for a "debrief", West Midlands Police said.

The force later said it was the day for "motorway shenanigans" after a man with a shopping trolley was spotted on another of the M6's slip roads.

He told officers he was "waiting for someone", but was advised to leave.

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