Airport Expansion: East vs West

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 106 months ago
Airport Expansion: East vs West

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By chance or design, two reports released today advocate, respectively, the building of a new island airport and the expansion of Heathrow. The British Chamber of Commerce made the sure-to-be-unpopular boast that a third runway at Heathrow would pack an additional £30 billion into Britain's coffers over sixty years. In a sign of the bizarro world we now live in, shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers said the Conservatives were against the report as it failed to factor in environmental costs. Conversely, a report commissioned by the Mayor said that an all-new floating airport in the Thames Estuary could be built within a decade at a cost of £40 billion, and would be "a piece of cake" engineering-wise, according to one ever-so-slightly flippant expert. While it would reduce the number of flights over the city centre, the location would also be some fifty miles east of central London, though a proposed link to Crossrail could mitigate the distance. One thing seems certain — despite the protests over Heathrow, and the general unpopularity of the Estuary plan, London is going to get more runways somewhere, whether we like it or not.

Last Updated 13 July 2009


Having the estuary airport has already been indicated as a safety hazard due to the possible increase of bird strike. Heathrow expansion would be safer in this aspect but would mean the destruction of an entire villiage and an 11c church plus of course the problem to the local population.

In all both locations have their bad points yet few good ones.


Well, the obvious solution if for London to start sucking so that so many people don't want to go there.


You forget the increase in flights as people leave...


The problem at Heathrow is that only 25% of travellers, have London as their final destination. The majority of travellers are going onwards to other destination. This is a bit like a busy interchange station. For instance I had a friend who are going from Barbados to Singapore, but he travelled via Heathrow.

All this effects the quality of life people live. In the Docklands it is bad, because I suffer from aircraft noise both London City Airport and also Heathrow jet as they are overflying to start their approach....