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Boris pledges support for engineers and surveys possible island airport

Young engineers will have a: 'secure future' according to Mayor of London Boris Johnson today, prior to embarking on a tour of possible sites in the Thames Estuary for the proposed 'Boris Island' airport site the Mayor hopes could replace Heathrow.

Speaking at a 'Movers & Shakers' event for the construction and housing industry at London's Dorchester Hotel this morning, Johnson said he would: "Hold the Government's feet to the fire to ensure we get the improvements to the tube we need," and reminded delegates that both the Thames Tideway tunnel and Olympic Park sites were underway.

"For the first time I can say - if your children want to be engineers in London, then they have a secure future. This will make the city more attractive and competitive," he said.

He also said that he wanted London to retrofit its housing stock to make them more energy efficient "We have a massive opportunity to lead the new green industry of retro-fitting. We should develop that industry and lead it. We should seize the new industries of the future."

Johnson again said he was behind the £17bn Crossrail project, and said it was both: "Economically and morally justifiable."

Finally, the Mayor said he would later today be taking a boat north of Sheerness in Kent to survey possible sites for an island airport, dubbed 'Boris Island', that could eventually replace Heathrow.

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