22 JULY 2013
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London Mayor, Boris Johnson, seems to have had a slight change of mind regarding his preferred future airport option according to The Sunday Times. It seems that Boris, and his advisors, now favour the Lord Foster scheme using mostly redundant land on the Isle of Grain. This has the advantage that it would link in far more easier to both the M25 motorway and High Speed 1 and the Channel Tunnel and is cheaper than his offshore project in the Thames Estuary.
Mr Johnson has not abandoned his third option, that being a rejuvenated Stansted with up to four runways and vastly improved rail links. He says that Heathrow should be turned into a new town with a technology park and a new university but the plan does not say where the necessary jobs will come from, the latest figures noting 76,000 working at the airport and perhaps 250,000 dependent on it. An airport East (or North East) of London would be too far away to sustain this community. www.london.gov.uk
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