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New Hoo Hub ‘Could Beat Aviation Bottleneck’

Boris Johnson said on 19th October that plans for a £15billion airport on north Kent’s Hoo peninsula deserve “proper consideration” as he urged new Transport Secretary Justine Greening to address London’s aviation crisis.

The Mayor said ex-Cathay Pacific executive John Olsen’s proposal for a three-runway airport at Cliffe should be discussed as one of several possible sites. Mr Olsen claims his plan is the “only viable project”. He has slammed architect Lord Foster’s £50billion bid to build an airport on the Isle of Grain, as well as Mr Johnson’s idea of a Thames estuary hub.

Mr Olsen’s airport would handle up to 100million passengers a year. The 600-acre site – already owned by the Government through the Port of London Authority – is only 30 miles from central London. The M2 and M25 are nearby and the High Speed 1 rail link to St Pancras is about six miles away. He insists no public money would be spent on the project, and that there have been talks with potential backers from the Middle East and Far East.

The Mayor said Ms Greening had a “real opportunity” to address the threat to London’s economy from a “crippling lack of aviation capacity”. He wants government

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3 Responses to New Hoo Hub ‘Could Beat Aviation Bottleneck’

  1. Matthew Jones says:

    I am a supporter of a new London airport.
    Olsen Airport is good as it is cheaper at £14 Billion, is 30 miles from London (closer), good and sensible location and the government already owns the land.
    However there are many flaws in it, for starters the government only owns 600 acres there considering Heathrow is at bursting point on 3000 acres shows that that is a ridiculously small amount of land to build a large airport on, it would inevitably involve reclaiming land at vast expense.
    Also he seems hell bent on it operating 3 Runways which is not enough, a large hub needs at least 4 to compete seriously with the Middle East, China and Europe.
    So I am backing Foster Airport which would cost £20 Billion (for the airport, the £40 Billion figure includes orbital rails around London and a large thames barrier) and contain 4 runways as well as a huge terminal fit for 150 Million people per year. Although its 50 miles away there is nothing high speed trains cannot solve especially as they are getting faster and faster.

    • Hi Matthew
      Leaving aside for the moment:-

      The 13km bird exclusion zone that would be in force around the airport rendering the Thames, Medway and Swale estuaries non habitable for birds.

      The fact that mitigation for an area that size has never been attempted before would take upwards of 30 years to establish and that no one has even thought of where that could possibly be?

      What would you do with Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted the 1000s of business established around them and the people who rely on them for jobs.

  2. Gary Thomas says:

    Statement from Medway Council Deputy Leader on Mayor of London’s airport plans

    Please find below a statement from Cllr Alan Jarrett, the Deputy Leader of Medway Council, following comments in the London Evening Standard (Wednesday, 19 October) on proposals for an airport on the Hoo Peninsula.

    Cllr Alan Jarrett, Deputy Leader of Medway Council, said: “We notice that the Mayor of London’s imaginary planes continue to circle around Medway and Kent, despite the fact that he and his office seem to be the only people in the UK that actually want an airport on or near the Thames estuary.

    “We would urge Boris to stop flying in the face of public opinion and drop his pie in the sky plans – which are not wanted by the government, the airline industry, or – according to a recent ICM poll – 76 per cent of Britons.

    “In regards to Boris now supporting a proposal to place an airport at Cliffe, on the Hoo Pensinsula, I would like to point out this is an old outdated plan and, in 2002, we successfully fought a similar scheme, whcih aimed to build an airport on green fields and internationally important wetlands in Medway. We will, of course, do so again.

    “A new airport on or near the Thames Estuary, would cost billions of pounds, which is unaffordable and unnecessary.

    “Instead, we should look to supporting government policy, which involves using up capacity at existing airports and joining these up with high speed rail links.

    “For instance, Manston in Kent already has one of the longest runways in Europe and is close to the high speed rail link to London while Birmingham is near the proposed site for a second high speed train and has already stated it wants to double capacity.”

    The following links will help you voice your opinion.

    Friends of North Kent Marshes – http://www.northkentmarshes.org.uk/
    Mayor of Londons Feasability Study – http://www.testrad.co.uk/

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