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Government to launch consultation on Thames Estuary airport

A consultation will be held over proposals to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, it was reported today.

The government is planning to launch a consultation in March, according to the BBC.

It comes a week after the Department for Transport gave the go ahead for High Speed 2.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is an avid supporter of the airport concept - dubbed Boris Island - and has previously warned that the nation faces “increasing economic paralysis” unless a new hub airport is built.

Supporters warn that the UK’s only hub airport at Heathrow is now running at 98 per cent of its capacity and the country is already losing out in the international trade market.

Architects Foster + Partners and consultant engineer Halcrow revealed details of their £100,000 study into a £50 billion vision for the Thames hub at the end of last year.

They said foreign investors have already shown “significant interest” in the ambitious vision. Leading economist Bridget Rosewell, who argued the economic case for Crossrail and has backed the hub vision, spoke to CN about the plan last year.

 

Thames Hub components (Foster + Partners/Halcrow vision)

A new barrier crossing that extends flood protection to London and the Thames Gateway, harnessing tidal power to generate carbon-free energy

A four-track, high-speed passenger and freight Orbital Rail route around London, which links London’s radial lines, a future high-speed rail line to the Midlands and the North, the Thames Estuary ports, High Speed 1 (Channel Tunnel to London), and European networks

An Estuary Airport, capable of handling 150 million passengers per year, integrated within a logistics matrix that connects by rail the Thames Estuary Ports and the ports of Liverpool, Southampton and Felixstowe. Associated with the Hub is a major renewable energy source in the estuary.

A new utilities and data spine in the Thames Barrier, Orbital Rail line and high-speed networks, stretching across the UK

A comprehensive environmental management strategy that minimises the impact of development.

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