Estuary airport ruled out

by James Renoux-Wood Wed 3 September 2014, 10:22 am

The Airports Commission has concluded after an eighteen-month study that proposals for the Inner Thames Estuary (ITE) airport at the Isle of Grain would not be shortlisted for further consideration.

Heathrow airport

The Inner Thames Estuary Airport: summary and decision paper shortlisted the three remaining options to improve the UK’s connectivity: a proposal to extend the existing northern runway at Heathrow to the west, a third runway to the north-west of the existing Heathrow runways and a second runway south of and parallel to the existing runway at Gatwick. 

Details in the report compared the proposed location for the ITE Airport with Heathrow: “The location of the airport would be less convenient than Heathrow for the majority of passengers.”  

The report concluded that one additional runway should be built in London by 2030.

The commission chairman Sir Howard Davies, also said in the report: "We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames estuary is the right answer to London's and the UK's connectivity needs. 

"While we recognise the need for a hub airport, we believe this should be a part of an effective system of competing airports to meet the needs of a widely spread and diverse market like London's.”

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