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Construction policy and government news

Heathrow Airport third runway day

Davies backs Heathrow expansion

The government-established Airports Commission has recommended Heathrow as the location of London’s new runway.

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Investors oppose 'Brexit', survey finds

Property investors overwhelmingly support the UK remaining in the European Union, a new survey has found.

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Government warned over 'unaffordable' HS2 in 2012

The government was warned three years ago that High Speed 2 would be unaffordable alongside the Department for Transport’s other spending commitments, it has emerged.

Rail

Network Rail slashes £38.5bn investment plan

The government is set to axe or delay a number of projects in Network Rail’s £38.5bn five-year investment programme following a string of work overruns and escalating costs.

Housing

Auditors baffled on whether government met housing land target

Auditors have found it impossible to establish whether the last government really met its target of releasing enough public land for 100,000 new homes.

Features and analysis

Construction policy and government news

DECC brings forward onshore wind subsidy cuts

The government has announced that it will bring forward the closure date for subsidised onshore wind farms to 1 April 2016.

Former Wates CEO set to become CBI president

Paul Drechsler will become the next president of the powerful business group CBI, succeeding Sir Mike Rake in the role.

Bam claims £45m DfE refurb of Ian Fleming building

Bam Construct has won a £45m refurbishment contract for the Department for Education’s Whitehall headquarters.

GLA eyes more housing zones

The Greater London Authority is in talks with the government over a possible extension to its housing zones initiative, the deputy mayor for housing has revealed.

Armitt: Infrastructure Commission not dead

The architect of Labour’s National Infrastructure Commission has said the principles behind it are not dead, despite the party’s election defeat in May.

Runway decision to be postponed until Christmas

Government ministers will not make a decision on their preferred airport for expansion until Christmas, according to reports.

Right-to-buy extension threatens council building plans

The government’s planned sell-off of high-priced local authority homes risks derailing some of the largest council house building projects in England, an investigation by Construction News sister title Local Government Chronicle has found

'Tories back Gatwick' says former transport minister

Former transport minister and Conservative MP Steve Norris has said his party would likely favour another runway at Gatwick Airport over expansion at Heathrow.

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