CBI chief to demand new southeast runway is built

CBI chief to demand new southeast runway is built

The head of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) will today urge the government to get on with the building an extra runway in the southeast of England.

Speaking to an audience of more than 1,000 business leaders at this year’s annual CBI conference in London, president Paul Drechsler (pictured) will call on ministers to take action.

Welcoming the creation of a National Infrastructure Commission, he will say: “The Commission is a chance to end the cycle of politicisation and procrastination that has plagued British infrastructure for decades; however, we must not duck infrastructure decisions which must be made right now.

“On airport capacity, we need strong political leadership and decisive action from government. Britain needs that new runway, so let’s get it built.”

Prime minister David Cameron has pledged to make a decision on controversial airport expansion by the end of the year.

The Airports Commission backed a third runway at Heathrow over a second runway at Gatwick in its report in July.


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