Transport Committee comes out in favour of Heathrow Runway Three

The Transport Select Committee’s report on the Airports National Policy Statement published on 23 March, which endorsed building a third runway at Heathrow Airport, met with general approval from business and the airfreight industry. Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment at manufacturers’ organisation EEF, said the report was “a good sign of progress in getting a new runway built. As a global freight hub handling over 35% of non-EU exports by ... [+]

Port of Tyne hosts CBI boss

Confederation of British Industry director general Carolyn Fairbairn visited the Port of Tyne on 30 June. Port of Tyne chief executive Andrew Moffat, who is also regional chair of CBI North East, said: “The CBI plays a crucial role in helping to create and sustain the right conditions in which business ... [+]

We’re pro-Europe, says Palletways

Delivering to or picking up goods from Switzerland is a third more expensive and takes 24 hours longer than to other EU countries says Palletways in a case study published by the CBI on 5 February. The p allet network operator adds that there are also different rules which apply ... [+]

CBI wants Exports Commission

Business organisation, the CBI has called for an independent, national Exports Commission to turn around the UK's performance. It proposes a body similar to the Low Pay Commission, or the recently established Infrastructure Commission, for exports and would bring together businesses, economists and a cross-party bench of politicians to give ... [+]

Has Boris finally accepted defeat over airport in the estuary?

The Government's Airports Commission is on the verge of finally ruling out Mayor Boris Johnson's plan for an airport in the Thames Estuary to replace Heathrow, according to the Heathrow Hub campaign. It adds that Mr Johnson has already started to subtly change his strategy, suggesting now in a newspaper ... [+]

Keep night flights, urges CBI

The CBI urged the Government to maintain night flights at London's three main airports - Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted – in its response to a Department for Transport consultation which closed on 21 April. It said that night flights play a key role in aviation and generate millions of pounds ... [+]

Britain ‘stuck up a branch line’ warns CBI

The UK risks becoming “a branch-line destination”, and will find it increasingly hard to compete in global export markets, without a clear aviation strategy which deals with short, medium and longer-term needs, warned a CBI luminary. In a speech to a Transport Times conference, ‘A new strategy for UK aviation’ ... [+]

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