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London mayor appoints Atkins to work on new hub airport study

London mayor Boris Johnson has appointed consultant Atkins to look at options for building a new hub airport in south east, it has been revealed.

Atkins will carry out a feasibility study for a new airport based on the notion that a new hub airport could replace Heathrow as a hub while keeping the existing airport open.

Last week Johnson appointed Transport for London board member Daniel Moylan, who also recently stepped down as London Legacy Development Corporation chairman, to spearhead his plans to look into a new hub airport.

“The mayor has already published two major pieces of research on the need for a new hub airport and is continuing work to demonstrate the advantages to the UK’s economy that will arise from this,” said a London mayor spokesman.

The spokesman added the mayor will continue to work with stakeholders across London to develop the “most effective solution for London’s future aviation needs and alternatives to a third runway at Heathrow”.

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  • Barry Walton

    Presumably one of the first changes will be to move the platform to the right or is it part of the plan to turn the Medway entrance into a high speed tidal sluice? That might also avoid aircraft approaching over the top of the Montgomery, or is it the intention to have a Folkeston-like bang before filling in what some think might be the largest, quickest excavation in British waters?

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  • I sail on the Medway - and out into the Thames. The area shown for the airport is out of the Medway channel, in fact it is largely dry at low tide. It is also in the Thames not the Medway so any constriction would, slightly, increase the tidal velocity there not the Medway. There's plenty of channel width in the Thames.

    I'm sure that everyone knows about the Montgomery and its 3kT of munitions but would expect that if you threw £10M or so at it you could build a cofferdam round it and deal with it in the dry. Rather someone else but that's what expert are for.


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  • Barry Walton


    Ditto but the last time, July 2012, out to Gibraltar (and in the fullness of the next few months to St Lucia). Consider the rest of the time when it is not low tide.

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