Friday, February 01, 2008

London United?

poster - all four candidates for London mayor oppose a third runway at HeathrowExcept that Boris wants a completely new Airport to the East of London. That’s us. Just thought you’d like to know that.

Meanwhile plans are afoot to expand London City Airport, increasing flights by 50% over the next 3 years and more than doubling them by 2030 according to the BBC.

Airportwatch reports that Big biz has been putting the pressure on Newham Council who at first refused to consult residents in Greenwich who fall within the noise contour and public safety zone but have now been forced to do so under the Town and Country Planning Order (General Development Procedure) 1995. They have just sent consultation letters out to residents in the Thamesmead Moorings Ward, Greenwich.

A few of our locals are off to a Fight the Flights Communities Meeting on 6th February, if you want details I can supply them.

Apparently Mr Livingstone is on a “collision course” with the big guns at Canary Wharf over this. What with that and the recent C4 Dispatches TV programme and other headlines his days at City Hall may well be numbered. Roger Evans reports on a growing phenomenon of Labour bloggers discussing who to replace him with. Such changes late in the day are not without precedent, remember Lord Archer?

And just to complete the quartet, I have no idea where Mr Paddock stands on all this. But I do know that Ms Berry wants to turn City Airport into a green Business Park, arguing that with the new channel link and Crossrail there is no need for “short haul” flights. Provided the fares are competitive [level playing field], the trains run on time and passengers can get a seat, she may have a point.

11 comments:

  1. "East of London" could include Foulness, and Maplin Sands - two projects suggested some 30/40 years ago. Considering them further would be consistent with the Thames Gateway project.

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  2. Was there not, at some point, a proposal for an airport on the south bank of the Thames at Cliffe?

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  3. It will be good if they expanded city airport. At the moment it's mainly used by business. But if they could get some low costs flights to Spain, Ireland etc it would be good for holidaymakers.

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  4. My son regularly uses City Airport to come home from Zurich (no, he isn't a gnome) - it's a great facility, and removing it would cause serious damage to the City, and business generally.

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  5. Morris
    As I recall the proposal for a new east of London Airport in the early 80s was accompanied by a new M12 Motorway which would have passed through Hainault Country Park, ripped up all the playing fields on the north side of Forest Road, then through what is now Claybury Park to join the M11 in Roding Valley Park.

    It was also accompanied by the upgrade of the A13, which has now been done, and a new railway line from central London.

    Just thought I’d mention that.

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  6. There were certainly plans for an M12 as you describe, B21, but I do not think they were there solely on account of the airport proposals. They were a recognition of the inadequacies of the A12/A127. All that has changed is the abandonment of the M12 proposals - the inadequacies remain.

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  7. So why, Morris, was the M12 abandoned if not that the Eastern Airport plan was scrapped?

    The inadequacies back then were far less than they are today.

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  8. So far as I can now recall, b21, it was abandoned as part of a general roads review rather than for any specific reason. I do know that as a result some houses in Fencepiece Road stood semi-derelict for quite a few years.

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  9. Yes, Morris, But. Presumably the Review would have taken into account any major development proposlas in the pipeline [or their absence] that would be likely to impact [or not by their cancellation] upon demand for transport facilities. Like an Eastern Airport that was and then wasn't.

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  10. Here in Wanstead we are beneath 12 flight paths (Source:NATS)and air traffic to/from Heathrow and City airports is likely to increase dramatically if current expansion plans go ahead. It's noisy enough now thank you! Yes, cheap flights to European sun spots and close proximity to major airports sounds great but wait until the noise and pollution really start - then it will be too late! Increasing flights from City is pointless when Crossrail will enable access to Heathrow in 40 minutes. Look at the website: londoncityairportfighttheflights.blogspot.com

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