Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Business leaders revolt against Heathrow expansion

The Government’s claim that UK business has backed the Heathrow expansion has been proven false, according to the Tories.

Shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers said a revolt by senior business figures, including directors from Sainsbury’s, Credit Suisse, Carphone Warehouse and B&Q owner Kingfisher, had “blown [the allegations] out of the water”.

Transport secretary Geoff Hoon put his support behind plans for a third runway, and sixth terminal, at Heathrow in January, claiming it was welcomed by UK business.

But a breakaway group of companies have told The Sunday Times that the real case for expansion had not been made.

The plans would have included the construction of a 2.2 km runway sometime between 2015 and 2020.

Kingfisher chief executive Ian Cheshire said: “A business perspective on the situation would focus much more on how we restructure existing resources at Heathrow, with high-speed rail and options at other airports, before pushing ahead with more capacity that seems to be driven by transit-passenger growth rather than improving Heathrow as a hub for UK plc.”

Ms Villiers said the group represented “further proof” that the Government was isolated on Heathrow.