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Expand Heathrow, revamp railways and rethink fuel duty, papers tell Government

There were numerous transport-related stories and comment pieces in the media in early March but no dominant theme, with aviation policy, rail reorganisation, fuel duty and even a discussion of road tolling all putting in an appearance.

Rik Thomas

Attempts to get the possibility of a third runway at Heathrow Airport back on the political agenda continued in the media in early March, largely thanks to the business editor of The Sunday Telegraph, Kamal Ahmed.

“Like Basil Fawlty not mentioning the war (‘I think I said it once, but I got away with it’), the third runway at Heathrow has become a ‘non-subject’ in polite society,” Ahmed complained on 4 March. “[However], the supporters of the expansion...

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