The Spectator

Barometer | 7 June 2018

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Ready for take-off?

That Heathrow timeline in full:

1949 Labour government proposes an additional two runways for newly opened Heathrow airport.

1990 Conservative government publishes plan for third runway.

2003 Labour government produces white paper proposing short third runway, involving demolition of 700 homes.

2007 Consultation begins.

2009 Gordon Brown decides to go ahead with third runway.

2010 David Cameron elected on promise to ditch third runway, ‘no ifs, no buts’.

2012 Cameron commissions Sir Howard Davies to look into airport expansion.

2015 Davies recommends a third runway.

2016 Theresa May’s cabinet decides to go ahead with third runway.

2018 Theresa May’s cabinet re-decides to go ahead with third runway.

Time and money

The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire could last years. What have been the most expensive public inquiries in recent times?

Bloody Sunday

£191.5m, 12.5 years

Rosemary Nelson (N Ireland)

£46.5m, 6.5 years

Robert Hamill (also NI)

£33m, 7 years

Billy Wright (also NI)

£30.5m, 6 years

Harold Shipman Inquiry

£21m, 4 years

Chilcott Inquiry

£13m, 8 years

Leveson Inquiry

£5.4m, 1 year

Track records

Which train companies run the greatest and least number of late trains?

% of services cancelled or seriously late

HIGHEST

First Hull Trains

13.0

Grand Central

11.2

TransPennine

10.1

Virgin East Coast

8.8

LOWEST

Chiltern

1.6

Merseyrail

1,8

East Midlands

1.9

South Western

2.2

Source: Network Rail

Pride of place

Where are people proudest to be English?

MOST PROUD

Boston, Lincs

73%

Castle Point, Essex

71%

W Norfolk and N/NE Lincs

70%

Carlisle and East Riding of Yorks

68%

LEAST PROUD

Hackney

37%

Lambeth

38%

Tower Hamlets

40%

Southwark

42%

Westminster

43%

Source: YouGov