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New London airport could be built in seven years

The “Boris Island” airport in the Thames estuary could be built in seven years at a cost of £47bn, it was revealed last week.

The developer of the plan for the airport, dubbed “Boris Island” because it is supported by London mayor Boris Johnson, set out its ambitions for the scheme now called the London Britannia Airport.

The Thames Estuary Research and Development Company (Testrad) has teamed with architect Gensler for the project.

“The new London Britannia Airport concept plan gives London the airport it will need to support its world city status into the 21st century,” said Testrad chief executive Bridget Rosewell.

“It also provides a solution to the challenge of incorporating London’s expected growth in population of 2M and a facility which can be linked to the whole of the UK while both the East and West of London will each benefit from regeneration.”

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