London mayor Boris Johnson this week confirmed that Stansted Airport plus a fourth unnamed site would now be included alongside the existing Thames Hub and Testrad “Boris Island” proposals in his £3M study into the feasibility of a new estuary airport.
The study will be led by former deputy mayor Daniel Moylan and the results fed into the overarching aviation review by the Sir Howard Davies commission.
Although not specifically named, the Goodwin Sands scheme is expected to be the fourth east of London airport proposal to be looked at by the Transport for London study.
Beckett Rankine director Tim Rankine welcomed the decision and stressed that it was important that all options were scrutinised.
Although the proposal is being championed by Beckett Rankine,Beckett stressed that “silent” partners on the scheme included aviation and transport experts.
These, he said, had chosen to remain anonymous as Heathrow was a major client.
Beckett said that the next stage had to be to win funding for further research into the schemes.
“We are trying to contribute to the debate,” he said “We all need further study and Environmental Impact Assessments but we need funding for this.”