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Johnson unlikely to challenge estuary airport decision in court

London mayor Boris Johnson has all but ruled out taking the government to court over its rejection of plans for a Thames Estuary airport.

It is understood that he has all but ruled out mounting a legal challenge if plans are continually rejected.

NCE reported last week that a row had broken out between the Mayor’s office and the Davies Commission about the viability for such an airport. Last month the commission decided against formally shortlisting the idea and instead opted to continue work to consider one of two new runway options at Heathrow and one at Gatwick.

The commission has left the door open to backers of an Estuary airport at the Isle of Grain by allowing further work to hone the proposal. It will then review its feasibility before deciding whether it can be shortlisted for further development later this year.

Johnson’s aviation adviser Daniel Moylan yesterday was reticent about whether the mayor would fight if such proposals continue to fail to make the shortlist.

Speaking at an aviation event in London, Moylan said: “We are not ruling in or out legal action. But courts don’t look kindly on one public body taking legal action against another public body.” That was a course of action that was better suited to private organisations, he said.”Let’s get the process going and not let it get tied up in legal process,” he said.

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