Stansted 2nd runway now facing 6 year delay over White Paper expectations
arrive on time is legendary. However, he is close to being upstaged by the ‘maÃ±ana’
culture of the Spanish-owned airport group BAA which has just announced a further
two year delay in its plans for a second Stansted runway.
preparing for the second runway Public Inquiry, BAA has advised that the planned
opening date of 2015 (assuming the grant of planning permission) has yet again
been put back, this time until 2017.
Paper was that a second Stansted runway should be built by 2011/12 – a timeframe
which has consistently slipped ever since despite BAA repeatedly claiming that
‘delivery was on track’, for example:
24 September 2004)
* “New Stansted Runway on track for 2013” (BAA press release, 18 May 2005)
* “Second runway on course for 2015” (BAA press release, 11 March 2008)
* “In view of the change to the assumed opening year from 2015 to 2017…” (BAA’s
legal advisers, 18 February 2009)
It was a plan sold by BAA’s lobbyists to Whitehall civil servants whose ivory
tower world was not a million miles away from the world of Walter Mitty. A few
years ago when many bankers had more money than sense, the plan might just have
defied the odds and become a reality.
Stansted Airport the nightmare of property blight and uncertainty goes on.
BAA to try to keep its options open by continuing to postpone the threat of a
second runway. It should remove the threat once and for all.”
on Walter Mitty and should know when the game is up. BAA should face up to realities
and do the decent thing.”
The original references sources for the above bullet point quotes are available
from SSE on request, together with a copy of the letter of 18 February 2009 advising
of a further two year delay in expected construction of a second runway, in the
unlikely event of the grant of planning permission.
Life of Walter Mitty”, first published in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and in book form in My Worldâ€” and Welcome to It in 1942.
he imagines himself a wartime pilot, an emergency-room surgeon, and a devil-may-care
killer. The character’s name has come into more general use to refer to an ineffectual
dreamer, appearing in several dictionaries. The American Heritage Dictionary
defines a Walter Mitty as “an ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges
in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs.”