Heathrow: budget row threatens to further delay third runway

Heathrow: budget row threatens to further delay third runway

Airlines back cheaper rival bid, warning projected spend could increase passenger costs

The chances of a smooth takeoff for Heathrow’s expansion plans were always slim, but an unexpected obstacle has arisen in the path of a third runway. Some of Britain’s biggest airlines have lent their voices to a rival proposal to develop Heathrow for about £5bn less than the airport itself declares necessary, fuelling a row over costs and throwing fresh uncertainty on the scheme.

A crucial vote on the government’s approval to expand the London hub is due this summer, but MPs were left confused after the airport’s main customers told them this week not to trust Heathrow with its £14.3bn budget for a new runway. Airline executives said the cost estimate could prove “grossly off target” and make the airport unaffordable as the overspends are passed on to carriers, and then passengers, via higher landing charges.

Related: Airlines sound alarm over ‘blank cheque’ for Heathrow third runway

Related: Heathrow boss hits back at airlines over expansion cost claims

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Hundreds of KFC shops closed as storage depot awaits registration

Hundreds of KFC shops closed as storage depot awaits registration

DHL has been storing all KFC chicken at a single unregistered cold storage facility in Rugby

The storage depot at the centre of KFC chicken crisis had not been registered or inspected until an emergency visit on Tuesday, a local council has revealed.

Hundreds of KFC outlets remain closed as the fast food chain tries to recover from a disastrous start to a new delivery contract. Last night KFC said delivery drivers had been working around the clock in a bid to ensure that all stores could reopen by the end of the week.

Please do not contact us about the #KFCCrisis – it is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu that you desire.

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Citymapper launches bus-taxi hybrid Smart Ride in London

Citymapper launches bus-taxi hybrid Smart Ride in London

Exclusive: transit app firm says new service has stops like a bus, is bookable like a cab and runs on a network like a tube train

London-based transit app Citymapper is today launching Smart Ride, a hybrid bus and taxi service that will take riders around a fixed network in the capital.

The company is operating the service under a private hire licence from Transport for London, following a pair of trial “smart bus” routes in the capital. The new licence limits the firm to operating vehicles that can carry eight or fewer people, but frees it to run future routes that can change dynamically as demand shifts, rather than being legally mandated to stick to specific timetables and stopping patterns.

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KFC was warned about switching UK delivery contractor, union says

KFC was warned about switching UK delivery contractor, union says

GMB union says it expressed doubts about DHL’s ability to run operation from single warehouse

The fast food chain KFC was warned it would face delivery problems months ago, it has been claimed, as the company tries to grapple with a worsening chicken supply crisis that has forced most of its outlets to remain closed.

Some 420 KFC stores are currently shut after the company switched deliveries to a cheaper service. An updated list showed that the number of open outlets rose to 480 by 1pm on Tuesday after dropping to just 254 an hour before. And for a second day KFC gave no indication of when operations would be back to normal.

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Transport secretary wins injunction to stop HS2 protesters

Transport secretary wins injunction to stop HS2 protesters

High court order bans eight campaigners from ancient woodland in west London

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has been granted an injunction banning campaigners opposed to the construction of the HS2 line on an area of ancient woodland in west London from “unlawful protest” on the site.

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Two people killed in West Sussex level-crossing crash

Two people killed in West Sussex level-crossing crash

Police confirm two fatalities after train strikes car in Horsham

A train struck a car at a level crossing in West Sussex on Saturday, leaving two people dead.

Officers were called at 8.47am to Barns Green level crossing in Horsham following reports of a collision, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

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Scilly games: the islands’ battle of the choppers

Scilly games: the islands’ battle of the choppers

Two rival companies are bidding to start a new helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly this spring, the first since 2012

It’s a familiar transport tale but for the people of the Isles of Scilly it’s been a case of waiting six years for a helicopter to the mainland and then two coming along at once.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company made a “shock” announcement on Thursday, when it said it would launch its new service from Land’s End airport to the islands in May.

Related: Isles of Scilly holiday guide: what to do, plus the best beaches, restaurants and hotels

Land’s End ​airport – which suffers disruption on one in every four days each year – is the problem, not the solution

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Dover could suffer '20-mile permanent traffic jam' after Brexit

Dover could suffer '20-mile permanent traffic jam' after Brexit

Maritime UK warns May logistics chain would be in major trouble if transition deal not agreed urgently

Dover will suffer permanent traffic jams stretching 20 miles out from the port from next March unless Theresa May agrees to the EU’s proposals for a Brexit transition period, the organisation representing the shipping industry and ports has warned.

David Dingle, chairman of Maritime UK, said lorry drivers could be stuck on the main approach roads to Dover for up to two days if there was no deal for a transition.

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‘Serious accident’ on Heathrow airfield disrupts flights

‘Serious accident’ on Heathrow airfield disrupts flights

Collision between vehicles involved two members of staff, airport spokeswoman says

Heathrow airport is dealing with a “serious accident” in which two vehicles collided.

The incident occurred on the airfield on Wednesday morning and involved two members of staff, a spokeswoman for the UK’s busiest airport said.

Ok although since the resched of this flight is 2h25m delayed I guess “no impact on journeys today” is optimistic

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Norwegian plans more flights from London to Latin America and Asia

Norwegian plans more flights from London to Latin America and Asia

Low-cost airline’s first flight from Gatwick to Buenos Aires departs this week as part of expansion

The low-cost airline Norwegian is planning further expansion of its long-haul flight network with London Gatwick as its major global base, and more routes to Latin America and Asia.

The carrier’s first direct flight from the UK to South America departs on Wednesday, with a 787 Dreamliner taking its maiden flight from Gatwick to Buenos Aires.

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