Thames Estuary Airport

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How much have you spent so far (over both terms) as Mayor on your Thames Estuary Airport vanity project, despite the fact that it is still not within your area of competence? How do you justify this expenditure, given the cuts to other services you are overseeing?


Answer for Thames Estuary Airport

Answer for Thames Estuary Airport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In November 2012 I directed TfL to undertake further work on the feasibility of a new hub airport for London in order to respond to the Government's Airports Commission. Submissions on proposals for new capacity are due in July and the Commission will produce an interim report by the end of the year. This direction secured a budget from within TfL of £3 million up to April 2014.

Prior to this, TfL were asked by me to assess issues raised by the Government's aviation policy review which had been announced in October 2010. The budget for this work was £200,000 and was spent on technical consultancy support and the preparation and printing of publications across the 2011/12 and 2012/13 financial years.

This limited expenditure on an issue of such critical importance to London and Londoners is entirely justified. The decision on where to locate additional airport capacity serving London will have an impact on jobs and growth, regeneration and housing opportunities, surface access links and not least the environmental consequences for local communities.

To simply ignore the Airports Commission would be to deny Londoners a voice and would be a dereliction of my duty as Mayor.