Architect Foster + Partners has revealed details of its response to the Airports Commission’s call for evidence on the Thames Estuary airport plan.
The case for its proposal is being made on the basis that the UK’s hub airport must be able to operate 24 hours a day, which the architect said would only be possible via development of the estuary airport.
A new airport with four runways and the capacity for future expansion will cost £15bn, it added. The planning processes for its plan and that of a third runway at Heathrow would be identical and construction would only take slightly longer at the new airport, it claimed.
The creation of a short connecting spur from High Speed 1 to the Isle of Grain airport could mean a train time of 26 minutes to London St Pancras.