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Magic Johnson

Boris Johnson's proposal for a 'London' airport in the Thames Estuary (NCE 14 February) is a resurrection of similar plans such as the Maplin Sands scheme, which was abandoned in the 1970s.

There is no doubt that the idea of a new airport on reclaimed land to the east of London should be seriously considered. It would complete the symmetry of the other main London airports – Luton and Stansted to the north, Heathrow to the west and Gatwick to the south. It would create new productive land rather than invade already densely populated areas.

Furthermore, it is relatively well positioned for integration with the transport network by upgrading of the A13 and linking with the newly opened High Speed 1 railway line.

It would also create an immense opportunity to realise other benefits from the same civil engineering infrastructure. In particular, the creation of an outer Thames flood barrier, a Thames Barrage tidal power generation scheme and a new transport route from Dover and the Channel Tunnel to the north which avoids the congested M25.

Boris, I support you in this wholeheartedly and look forward to seeing you in the chair of "Have I Got News For You" again.

NICK WALSH, 121 Tupwood Lane, Caterham, Surrey CR3 6DF

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