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London mayor Boris Johnson launched a ‘withering attack’ on the Airports Commission, after the panel set up to decide where to build additional runways in the south-east finally ruled out his plan for a new hub in the Thames estuary, the Guardian reported (2 September 2014).

Proposed Boris airport on the Isle of Grain

[‘Boris Johnson attacks ‘myopic’ Airports Commission as estuary plan is rejected’, The Guardian, 2 Sep 2014]

The verdict leaves only Gatwick and Heathrow on the final shortlist for the commission’s ultimate recommendation for additional runway capacity in south-east England.

Johnson said the decision was looking like “a smokescreen for a U-turn on Heathrow”.

Chairman of the Commission Sir Howard Davies said the huge cost, economic disruption and environmental concerns associated with a Thames estuary airport made it unviable, the BBC reported.


The proposal for a Thames Estuary airport – dubbed Boris Island because of the mayor’s strong backing – would have led to the development of a four-runway airport on the Isle of Grain.

The name “Boris Island” had previously been associated with an airport scheme for the outer Thames Estuary (beyond the Isle of Grain). In 2013, Testrad, the agency formed by Bridget Rosewell and Doug Oakervee, was still promoting the original “Boris Island” as ‘London Britannia Airport’. Ms Rosewell and Mr Oakervee have also been involved in the HS2 high speed rail project.

Testrad chief executive Bridget Rosewell

Did anyone mention ‘huge cost’, ‘economic disruption’, and ‘environmental damage’?


Written by beleben

September 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

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