Boris Johnson backs new estuary airport plan
London’s mayor has backed plans to build the world’s largest air transport hub on the Thames estuary.
Airport news for Flights,Heathrow on 03/11/2011.
Boris Johnson said that he was delighted at the proposed four-runway, £50 billion airport plan and added that he was pleased that architect Lord Foster agreed that salvation for Britain’s aviation industry could be found in the estuary. Johnson had previously said that such a facility could be the single largest statement that could be made about aviation in the United Kingdom.
The newly proposed plans for the airport show that the facility would be built on the Isle of Kent and able to handle some 150 million passengers each year. Its four runways would be built above a rail station –which could become the busiest in Britain- that would link to central London to the airport via 30-minute journeys on high-speed trains and would allow passengers to connect to the channel tunnel, the Crossrail Network and further north via HS2 trains. Power for the facility would be generated by North Sea tidal activity.
Lord Foster said to reporters that Britons owed it to themselves and to future generations to build the airport. He said those not willing to do it for morality should do it simply because it was the cheaper option.
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