Mayor Johnson’s Thames Estuary airport plan knocked back

Mayor Boris Johnson’s planned Thames Estuary ‘aerotropolis’ has hit a snag when the House of Commons Transport Committee announced the plan should be ditched in favour of a third runway at Heathrow.
The committee, in a report published today (10 May), said that ‘Boris Island’ would be too costly, could harm estuary wildlife and would also mean the closure of Heathrow.
CN had reported in November 2012 that the Mayor had said a conference and exhibition centre could be one of the key attributes of his proposed ‘aerotropolis’ in the Thames Estuary.
The mayor had announced his vision for a new city with 20,000 people to be built around an airport terminal in the Thames Estuary during a recent visit to India to strengthen economic ties.
Johnson was reportedly inspired by a visit to Hyderabad’s new two-runway airport, which has become an example of an ‘aerotropolis’, set 30km south of the city centre. The site plans include a convention centre on a 16-acre parcel of land, as well as a hospital and business school.
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