Estuary airport ruled out
by James Renoux-Wood Wed 3 September 2014, 1:20 pm
Hounslow Council has welcomed the Airports Commissionís decision to rule out the Isle of Grain from the shortlist of Londonís airport expansion.
Instead, the three options emerging from 18-month study – The Inner Thames Estuary Airport: summary and decision paper – were to extend either Heathrow or Gatwick. The possibilities are: to extend Heathrow’s existing northern runway to the west, create a third Heathrow runway to the north-west, or build a second runway at Gatwick.
Amrit Mann, deputy leader for Hounslow Council, said: “We, like most people, thought Boris Island was a flight of fancy and now that it has been sunk, Heathrow won’t have to close.
“This makes many of the tens of thousands of jobs reliant on the airport more secure in the long term.
“We’re proud to have Heathrow on our doorstep and want to see it prosper.
"But we want a better not bigger Heathrow, and a better deal for the people of Hounslow. We want the best quality of life possible for our residents now.
“This means better protection from aircraft noise in our homes and schools and better public transport like a massively improved Piccadilly line and a new rail link from the south.”
The report concluded that one additional runway should be built in London by 2030, and compared the proposed location for the Thames Estuary airport with Heathrow, saying: “The location of the airport would be less convenient than Heathrow for the majority of passengers.”
Commission chairman Sir Howard Davies also said in the report: "We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames estuary is the right answer to London's and the UK's connectivity needs.
"While we recognise the need for a hub airport, we believe this should be a part of an effective system of competing airports to meet the needs of a widely spread and diverse market like London's.”