Thames Estuary Airport Feasibility Study (1)

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can the Mayor tell me when the Thames Estuary airport feasibility study will begin; when it will report and it's findings made public; which consultants will draft the study. Can he also provide an estimate of how much the study will cost.


Answer for Thames Estuary Airport Feasibility Study (1)

Answer for Thames Estuary Airport Feasibility Study (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Provisional findings from the current GLA study suggest that construction of a new airport in the Thames Estuary is technically feasible, would make spatial sense and would be likely to contribute to the regeneration of the Thames Gateway. I have asked the highly experienced engineer and executive chair of Crossrail, Mr Douglas Oakervee, to undertake a preliminary feasibility study. There could be no-one better. He was responsible for the development of Hong Kong's new Chep Lap Kok airport. If there prove to be overriding economic, environmental, political or practical reasons why an estuary airport would not work, I will not take the idea any further. However, I owe it to Londoners to fully explore alternatives to the expansion of Heathrow.