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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.

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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".

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