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Thames Estuary Airport - A proposal worth fast tracking - page 2 of 3 >>>



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What other capital city in the developed world would allow such intrusion in to citizens' life, as this picture illustrate, exists at London Heathrow?
© Picture: Greater London Authority

Halcrow group board director, David Kerr, said: “As infrastructure specialists, our role is to support society by taking on the big issues that affect us all – water, transportation, energy, and creating places to live and work.

Great challenges require bold solutions, which is why I believe our Thames Hub vision is critical to society and to the country’s economic prosperity. If we don’t sustain and invest in infrastructure, then it’s at our peril.

“If the UK is to remain globally competitive, these proposals need to be seriously considered.” The main components of the Thames Hub are:

  • a new barrier crossing that extends flood protection to London and the Thames Gateway into the next century. The barrier harnesses tidal power to generate carbon-free energy
  • a four-track, high-speed passenger and freight orbital rail route around London, which links the capital’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 annum, thus enabling the UK to retain its global aviation hub status. The airport is 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, with applicability across the UK
  • a comprehensive environmental management strategy that minimises the impact of development and provides opportunities to create significant new wildlife habitats to more than offset losses elsewhere. The project can also serve as the catalyst to reduce pressure on foreshore habitats from rising sea levels and storm activity

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Contractors_World_UK_Boris Johnson - London Mayor

“No flight of fancy...”

“One of the most important decisions taken by the coalition government was to rule out a new runway at Heathrow – and they were right. It was a decision supported by millions of Londoners.

I am sitting at my desk in North London, at 6 am, and already I can hear waves of planes descending on one of the busiest airports in the world.

With another runway, and another 200,000 ATMs {air traffic movements - Ed}, the noise and disruption would be spread across the city.

And yet we must recognise that this decision has considerable economic consequences. Over the next 20 years this country’s natural demand for air travel is set to expand from 240 to 460 million passengers per year.

We have no strategy for getting those people up in the air. Correction: we have no strategy for getting ANY of those extra flights.

Of course there are strong environmental objections to air travel, which currently causes 2.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. That is why it is right for the aviation industry to speed up development of cleaner ‘Prius’ planes, and that is why the government is right to focus on high-speed rail as a means of replacing short-haul flights.

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