Thames Estuary Airport (1) (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Just briefly picking up on the point on Gatwick, your observation around the Estuary is that it is still something that you see as medium to long-term and there will be an inevitability about it that it will come back on the table.  Surely, Mr Mayor, by turning your face away from a Gatwick extension, the danger here is indeed a Gatwick extension does not happen, the Estuary does not happen and Heathrow stands there lurking over us as something we all do not want.  Surely, Mr Mayor, Gatwick is deliverable and we should be supporting that as, in essence, an interim capacity measure.

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Answer for Thames Estuary Airport (1) (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Thames Estuary Airport (1) (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I hear what you say. 

Steve O’Connell AM:  Good.  That is it, is it?  That is not quite the answer I was seeking. 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I am not saying any more at this stage.  At Gatwick, by the way, there will be a lot of people in that part of Sussex who will be extremely unhappy.  They should have gone for the knockout solution first of all.  They should have gone for the Estuary.  Gatwick is an intellectual cul-de-sac.  It gets you nowhere, a dead-end.

Steve O’Connell AM:  Thank you, Mr Mayor. 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  The real problem with Gatwick is you will not really persuade the carriers to migrate to a second runway at Gatwick.  They will continue to try to jam themselves into Heathrow.  

We will see.  If and when we have from central Government the kind of clarity that you have had for a long time from City Hall, then I will respond.  At the moment, we do not have a clue.  The Labour Party resolutely refuses to say anything about this.  That is their new strategy.  They do not say anything about anything in the hope that nobody will notice them and they can sneak into government that way.  That seems to be what they want to do.  They are totally silent on that, totally silent on voice telephony on the Tube.  Actually, what is the point of them? 

Steve O’Connell AM:  Mr Mayor, all I would say on this is that I am never one to decry the relevance of this building but, whatever we say around this Chamber, in about six to eight years’ time there will be an extension of Gatwick.  That will be good.  That will be good for the south.  It will be good for jobs.  It will be good for the regeneration of south London and the north of Surrey.  We shall see.