Plans to construct a new Thames Estuary Airport, affectionately dubbed ‘Boris Island’ in light of the Mayor of London’s backing, have today been rejected by the Airports Commission led by Chair Sir Howard Davies. An official statement announced that the Commission would not be including the Thames Estuary Airport in its shortlist of options for future infrastructure development, noting that the scheme has ‘substantial disadvantages that collectively outweigh its potential benefits’.
Airports Commission Chair Sir Howard Davies continued: “There are serious doubts about the delivery and operation of a very large hub airport in the estuary. The economic disruption would be huge and there are environmental hurdles which it may prove impossible, or very time-consuming to surmount. Even the least ambitious version of the scheme would cost £70 to £90bn with much greater public expenditure involved than in other options - probably some £30 to £60bn in total.
“There will be those who argue that the commission lacks ambition and imagination. We are ambitious for the right solution. The need for additional capacity is urgent. We need to focus on solutions which are deliverable, affordable, and set the right balance for the future of aviation in the UK.”
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