London hub airport (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
November 16, 2011
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, your own approach and policy on this has rather been characterised as the island in the estuary - Boris Island I think it is regularly called by people. In the not too distant future the new Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, will be looking at all these ideas and your point about London needing more airport capacity. When you see her can I ask you to put to her that she should look seriously not only at the estuary idea but also at the other ideas coming up from Lord Foster about the Isle of Grain, from Mr John Olson about the Hoo peninsular and others. These ideas do have the advantages of connecting up with the high speed rail infrastructure and surely must be looked at very seriously for the future.

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Answer for London hub airport (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for London hub airport (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Absolutely, Dick. This is not just a solution to the needs of aviation capacity in the UK; this is something that would drive regeneration along that whole part of the Thames gateway. You would have the opportunity, as you saw in the Foster proposals - a brilliant series of proposals - of clean energy generation, you would have the possibility of a big sea container port, you would have all sorts of environmentally attractive facilities - parks and heaven knows what - in that area. I think it is something we should look at very, very seriously.

This is a part of the country that has suffered from under employment and that has suffered from economic inactivity for a long time and when people look at these proposals seriously they will see that they have much merit in them and that if we went ahead and were adventurous now we could entrench the lead of London as the greatest city in Europe for the foreseeable future. I think that is what we should do.

Richard Tracey (AM): When you see the Secretary of State will you ask her specifically to meet these various people putting forward these proposals and look very seriously at what they are saying? I agree with you; it is an absolute essential for the economy of London in future years.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I certainly shall. Clearly, Dick, when I talk to the Secretary of State for Transport, my friend Justine, there are lots of things on the agenda. We want to talk about what we are going to do for rail in south London - there are all sorts of things we need to get going. I do not want people to get the wrong idea; that I am only going to be talking to her about aviation - but certainly aviation will be right up there.