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PostSubject: "Boris Island"   Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:57 am

So what does everybody think?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jan/18/boris-island-thames-estuary-airport-grounded?newsfeed=true

"The architect Norman Foster has drawn up plans for an airport on the Isle of Grain, the easternmost point of the Hoo peninsula, with four runways and which could handle 150m passengers a year – double the current number passing through Heathrow. It is the latest in a range of proposals dating back decades for the estuary, including a mooted "Boris Island" airport at nearby Shivering Sands.

Aircraft would, however, have to contend with the multitudes of birds that flock in the area – a hazard to aviation and an issue that has brought opposition from environmental groups. The RSPB said it was a vital habitat for wildfowl and wading birds. Balpa, the pilots' union, said it would seek reassurances on the dangers posed by birdstrikes, as well as potential air traffic conflicts with Brussels, Heathrow and London City airports."
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PostSubject: Re: "Boris Island"   Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:30 pm

In trying to find out about Ted Heath's old airport proposal out that way (Maplin Sands) I came across this useful summary of the alternatives as well as the pros & cons for the Boris Peninsular project:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_Estuary_Airport

Me - I can't see the idea taking off.
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PostSubject: Re: "Boris Island"   Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:22 pm

all the dangers they've mentioned are surely applicable to city airport??

the biggest reason i can see against it, would be the A2/M2 already struggles to cope with the level of traffic that comes up from the port of dover, so surely there can be no point in bringing in more flights if the passengers are then unable to get anywhere?
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