AN ambitious plan for a four-runway Thames Estuary airport capable of handling 150 million passengers a year was outlined today by architect Lord Foster.
The airport would be on the Isle of Grain in Kent and would have high-speed rail connections to London, the Midlands and northern England as well as continental Europe. Known as the Thames Hub, the project also envisages links to key ports such as Felixstowe and Tilbury.
The unveiling of the scheme comes at a time when the Government has ruled out expansion at existing south east England airports, including Heathrow reports ThisisLondon.co.uk.
The Thames Hub plan is also a rival to London Mayor Boris Johnson’s own plan for a Thames Estuary airport.
Each of the four runways would be 2.5 miles long and the airport would operate 24 hours a day. A railway station to be built under the airport would be the UK’s busiest – handling 300,000 arrivals and departures each day.
Lord Foster said: “We need to recapture the foresight and political courage of our 19th century forebears if we are to establish a modern transport and energy infrastructure in Britain for this century and beyond.”
“Britain can no longer trade on its inadequate and aged infrastructure. A fast-growing population and an evolving global economy demand the quality of the UK’s infrastructure be improved and its capacity increased dramatically.