Plans for Thames Estuary airport
November 10th, 2011 by elisa

Lord Foster, the architect behind London Stansted and Hong Kong’s Chep Lap Kot airports has announced new plans to build an airport in the Thames Estuary. His plans are for an airport capable of handling 150m passengers a year, three times more than Heathrow. It would have four runways and be connected to London by a 30-minute high speed rail service. There would also be rail services to the Midlands, north of England, Suffolk and Essex from the biggest train station in the UK below the airport.

The plans were unveiled the same week that the Coalition government and Labour Party ruled out the possibility of a third Heathrow runway. The government are already in disagreement with London Mayor Boris Johnson’s suggestion that there could be an airport built there, despite claims that lack of flight capacity in the southeast will limit economic growth.

Residents in Kent have already objected to the Mayor’s plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary, but Lord Foster said it would deliver lasting economic, social and environmental ¬†benefits, also improving the lives of the 5m people living under the Heathrow flight path.


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