Airport expansion (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
December 12, 2007
Question By: 
Peter Hulme Cross
One London Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What I am saying, Mr Mayor, is do not set your face against expansion at this stage. There are loads of things to be discussed, but to simply come out against City Airport and against expansion of Heathrow is really boxing yourself into a corner which will be detrimental to this city in the long run. You have just, with gay abandon, opened offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Mumbai, Delhi and Caracas. All the thousands of jobs that you expect to come to London from those places, those people are not going to walk, cycle or swim here, they are all going to come by plane. There will be an expansion in air travel.

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Answer for Airport expansion (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Airport expansion (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I said, the defining thing about Beijing, Mumbai, Delhi and Shanghai is that all of them are building Underground systems approximately the size of London's because they recognise that people have to use public transport if the city is going to work, and it is exactly that. Ten years ago you did not see people in business travelling on buses. Now that we have improved the service people do. People earning vast sums of money use the buses in the city because it is a sensible way to get around. It is about changing those attitudes. I have set my face against any major infrastructure project that leads to a big increase in carbon emissions. You have to build housing; it should be as sustainable as possible. You have to expand public transport capacity; it should be as sustainable as possible. When you come to an indulgence like the incinerator down at Belvedere, which should be using one of the gasification technologies instead, or the desalination plant or airport capacity, these are luxuries the human race can no longer afford because of the increase in carbon emissions and they should be resisted totally.