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Boris submits evidence for Estuary airport

Boris Johnson has submitted new evidence to the Airports Commission supporting his view that it is commercially and logistically viable to build a hub airport in the Thames Estuary.

The Mayor of London issued a 1,000-page report to the Sir Howard Davies led Commission, including analysis from accountants Ernst & Young suggesting only moderately higher than existing landing charges would be needed to pay for the airport.

The Commission initially left the Estuary proposal out of its shortlist of options to increase air travel capacity in the South East. But it has signalled its willingness to consider the plan if the mayor and architect Foster + Partners can prove it is viable.

The mayor said in his submission today that a new airport in the Thames Estuary was by far the best long-term solution to match the population growth expected in London, and to boost the UK economy.

Johnson said: “The Airports Commission has been asked to consider a subject that is of vital importance to our country’s prosperity and place in the world. It is not a small matter and their work will have ramifications for decades to come.

“That is why it is crucial their considerations take into account the future requirements of this country in 40 or even 50 years time. We must ensure that the final outcome is not one that future generations will regret.”

Heathrow, Gatwick and independent body Heathrow Hub submitted their detailed proposals to the commission last week.

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