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Response to Government go-ahead for third runway at Heathrow

The Government has today given the go-ahead for the third runway at Heathrow.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“The decision on a third runway, with the accompanying announcement on investment in High Speed rail, is welcome. The continued support of London business will rest on changes to the way in which Heathrow is regulated and run. We need commitments to world class passenger service and environmental standards that business and Londoners have every right to expect. A proper working Heathrow is central to a proper working UK.”

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Notes to Editors

1.Full details of London First’s report conclusions on Heathrow can be found here

2.London First published its report, Imagine a World Class Heathrow, in June followed by a consultation on the report’s recommendations. Copies of the report are available here.

3.London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

4.London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s universities as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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