December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, November 4, 2013
The Mayor of London has uses his speech at the CBI conference today to tell business leaders the delay in addressing the UK’s apparent air capacity crisis is “unforgivable, baffling and ludicrous”.
Ahead of the speech, Boris Johnson criticised the debate around the issue, centred on whether to expand Heathrow, which “meanders tardily onwards”, and called for an end to the “dithering”.
Mr Johnson put his case to the Confederation of British Industry, which represents from 240,000 businesses.
He repeated his claim that expansion at Heathrow is undeliverable, due to its already high polluting effect on surrounding west London suburbs.
He said the airport is already responsible for more noise pollution than any other European airport, and a third and “inevitable” fourth runway would be indefensible.
A multi-runway hub to the east of London and larger than Heathrow - which could be bulldozed to make space for tens of thousands of jobs in an area roughly the size of Kensington and Chelsea - is the only solution, he told business chiefs.
“It is utterly bewildering to fly around the world and find British engineers and architects helping other countries to build new hub airports while the debate about how to do that in the UK meanders tardily onwards,” the Mayor said ahead of his speech.
“It is time to stop dithering, assemble our finest engineers and build a multi runway hub airport to the east of London.
“It is the only feasible location and the only solution that would be of long term benefit to our economy.”
Sir Howard Davies, who is heading up the government-appointed Airports Commission looking into measures for addressing the UK’s capacity crisis, has promised a shortlist of credible options will be published next month, with the full recommendations not due until 2015.