Boris’s ambitious airport plans grounded

“Boris island” is dead. London mayor Boris Johnson’s ambitious plan to build a new four-runway hub airport in the Thames estuary has been rejected by the Airports Commission, led by Sir Howard Davies, on the grounds that it would cause “huge economic disruption”, face environmental hurdles and come with a £100bn price tag, say Billy Kenber and Alex Ralph in The Times.

The scheme will now not be added to a shortlist for expanding aviation capacity in the southeast, a list that includes two options for expanding Heathrow (costing around £18bn) and a possible second runway at Gatwick (£9bn) [...]

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