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New £47.3 billion airport planned for London's Thames River

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By Euronews
New £47.3 billion airport planned for London's Thames River

<p>Plans have been unveiled for a £47.3-billion airport – at the mouth of London’s River Thames.</p> <p>The six-runway airport – named Boris Island after its main proponent London Mayor Johnson – could be built within seven years.</p> <p>If it goes ahead it is likely to mean the closure of Heathrow, London’s hub airport west of the capital.</p> <p>Work is currently underway looking at how to expand airport capacity in south-east England, the UK’s economic engine room.</p> <p>The airport is planned for an island in the estuary of the River Thames, east of London.</p> <p>Testrad, the group behind the plans, quoted figures which claim demand for London’s airports is forecast to increase from 127 million passengers-a-year in 2010 to 300 million by 2031.</p> <p>The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This is further welcome argument in favour of the feasibility of having a new hub airport in the Thames estuary. With so many options available for a multi-runway hub airport in a new location, it would be folly for the Airports Commission to give countenance to the prospect of expanding Heathrow, the most noise-polluting airport in Europe.”</p> <p>(picture copyright: Testrad)</p>