Heathrow Expansion (1)

MQT on 2014-06-11
Session date: 
June 11, 2014
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you agree that if the Davies Commission decides to endorse Heathrow expansion it would effectively discredit the commission itself?


Answer for Heathrow Expansion (1)

Answer for Heathrow Expansion (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Thank you.  I know Richard Tracey posed this question.  Look, I do not want to beat up on Sir Howard and the Davies Commission because I have a very good working relationship with them and they have been handed a very, very difficult job indeed.  I do not think it will be possible to deliver a third runway at Heathrow.  It is just not politically practicable.  It would also be very wrong for London for reasons that I really do not think I need to trouble this Assembly with again.  The interesting question is where we end up next and there is a lot of money moving on to Gatwick.  That will also prove to be not the answer to the exam question because people will say a dual hub system does not really work.


If you think back and spool back over the whole two hours we have been here, two and a half hours, what have we talked about most?  We have talked about the cost of housing in London, the pressure on London, the huge need to build housing in London.  Where is the space?  Where are the opportunities?  Overwhelmingly in the Thames Gateway area, how do you create the jobs in that area?  How do you create a logistics hub that is going to deliver hundreds of thousands of jobs?  You could do it with a 24‑hour, four‑runway hub airport on that site.  I really think we should look at it.  It would be very sad if that was ruled out.


Roger Evans AM (Chairman):  Thank you.  The next question is the London Living Wage.  Assembly Member Twycross.