London mayor Boris Johnson has asked one of the city’s transport chiefs to lobby the government over the inclusion of a new hub airport for the Capital in its aviation review.
Speaking to NCE ahead of a public address on the subject, Transport for London deputy chairman Daniel Moylan said it was vital that the government’s new scoping study is “as broad as possible”.
He added that while Johnson had previously put his own idea forward for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, he was now open to other ideas and did not want to become focused on a set location.
“Making London’s existing airports more efficient and building High Speed Rail are welcome steps.
“But they alone will not secure London’s prosperity as a major world city,” Moylan was expected to tell the Stansted Airport Transport Forum today.
However, while Moylan said Johnson remained opposed to building new runway capacity at Heathrow, he did not intend to close the airport if a new hub airport did open.