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.