Boris pushing for a 4 runway hub at Stansted in his evidence to Airports Commission

Boris Johnson orders £3 million feasibility study on London mega-hub airport – Thames estuary or Stansted

12.1.2013 Boris has ordered a feasibility study costing £3 million to be carried out, to see whether Stansted could cope if developed.  A super high speed rail link cutting journey times to London to 25 minutes would also be built to support its growth – in Boris’s plan. He proposed the study in December and then in January published the criteria for his submission to the Airports Commission on the matter. These criteria include economic, infrastructure, airspace , surface access, environment (it gets a mention) and deliverability. The mayor’s transport adviser, Daniel Moylan, who will lead the feasibility study, said their initial analysis would mean looking in greater detail at 3 possible locations: inner Thames estuary, outer estuary and Stansted. The consultation on the criteria will run until February 8th.  In typical Boris fashion, he says such a huge hub airport would solve the UK’s aviation problems for 500 years. Difficult to take any of it seriously, especially after Boris’s recent climate sceptic pronouncements – he is not a believer in anthropogenic climate change, and backs Piers Corbyn.

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=750

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Johnson is prepared to consider option of Stansted expansion

16.12.2012 (Sunday Times)

article at

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article3632984.ece

  • An artist's impression of how four runways at Stansted could look
    An artist’s impression of how four runways at Stansted could look
The Sunday Times reports that Boris Johnson is planning to put forward the idea of a huge hub airport, with 4 runways, at Stansted.  The Times says Boris will order a feasibility study into developing Stansted, and he will be submitting the findings from this study as his evidence to the Airports Commission under Sir Howard Davies. Boris is committed to opposing expansion at Heathrow, which would be deeply unpopular with thousands of Londoners, because of the noise intrusion.  Boris is keen on building a huge new airport, but the Conservatives have a manifesto commitment for no new runways during the current parliament. George Osborne is not thought to favour a huge new Thames estuary airport, but he might be more supportive of expanding Stansted.  In the concept of a massive Stansted hub, Heathrow would shrink. There has been fierce opposition to expanding Stansted in the past, and even building one extra runway proved difficult.  Boris’s plans for Stansted would be fought with passionate and determined intensity.
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Reaction from Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) to Boris’s plans: 

BONKERAMUS BORIS

7.10.2012 (SSE)

Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has invented a new word – ‘bonkeramus’ – in response to Boris Johnson’s suggestion of Stansted being developed as the UK’s new hub airport with four runways and operating on 24/7 basis.

SSE Economics Adviser Brian Ross commented: “Boris is fond of inventing new words and we’re sure that, with his expertise in Latin, he’ll understand that bonkeramus means ‘a bonkers idea put forward by an ignoramus’. The Mayor of London has neither the knowledge nor the authority to pronounce on airports policy for the East of England. He should stick to running buses and bicycles in London.”

Boris Johnson’s suggestion of major expansion at Stansted was made in a speech to London businessmen last week where he said that London needed more airport capacity but he re-affirmed his opposition to a third runway at Heathrow and hinted that his earlier ‘Boris island’ idea could be unaffordable.

The Mayor of London’s intervention comes less than a month after the Government announced that it would be setting up an independent Commission under Sir Howard Davies to identify and recommend options for maintaining the UK’s status as an international hub for aviation. The Davies Commission will produce an interim report by the end of next year and a final report by the summer of 2015, after the next General Election.

SSE has condemned Boris Johnson’s intervention, describing it as trying to pre-empt the work of the Davies Commission. Mr Ross concluded: “Boris should remember that he is the Mayor of London and has no mandate for the East of England. We will not stand idly by if he tries to appease his West London voters at our expense with an ‘anywhere but Heathrow’ policy.”

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NOTE TO EDITORS
Stansted is expected to handle some 17 million passengers this year, compared to its 2007 peak of 24 million. It has permission to handle 35 million passengers a year.

Two airlines, Easyjet and Ryanair, account for over 90% of Stansted’s passengers. The airport no longer has any long haul passenger flights.

http://www.stopstanstedexpansion.com/press447.html

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SSE WOOD REMAINS A SYMBOL OF RESOLVE
AGAINST ‘SUPER-STANSTED’

Maggie Sutton at the SSE Wood tidy up on 14 October 2012

Armed with power tools as well as more traditional gardening implements, a posse of Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) supporters turned out on Sunday 14 October to tackle the autumn tidy up of the SSE Wood at Broxted Hill.

More than a dozen volunteers cleared undergrowth and weed from around tree bases and removed some of the now-redundant plastic tree guards in the first of two sessions to be held this season.

The SSE Wood was inaugurated in 2004 when SSE Patron Terry Waite CBE planted an oak tree on the site then proposed for a second runway. A further 500 trees were planted later that year including maple, oak, hornbeam, hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn, ash and crab apple.

The wood was intended to reflect the determination and resolve of local people to see children and trees alike flourish and reach maturity rather than be uprooted from their homes to make way for an expanded Stansted Airport. It remains a symbol of the fierce determination of the community to oppose major growth at the airport, not least in the context of the latest calls for a ‘Super Stansted’ with four runways.

The Woodland Trust has provided guidance and support over the years and the wood also has the endorsement of the Tree Council.

More Photos

http://www.stopstanstedexpansion.com/press448.html


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Earlier

19.10.2012 (Architects Journal)

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/daily-news/aj-exclusive-make-reveals-stansted-airport-mega-hub-proposals/8637403.article

“Make” reveals Stansted airport mega-hub proposals

 

Make Architects has joined the battle to solve the UK’s aviation capacity problems by unveiling plans to transform Stansted Airport into a four-runway mega-hub

The new proposals place the firm in direct competition with Foster + Partners – the former practice of Make founder Ken Shuttleworth – and global giant Gensler who have mooted alternative solutions to the country’s aviation crisis.

Both have focussed on creating new super-connected hubs in the isolated Thames Estuary. But the high-profile AJ100 practice believes the expansion of the single-runway Essex airport is the only ‘do-able’ option to replace Heathrow as the UK’s largest air travel hub.

Earlier this week architect Brian Waters and transport consultant Michael Schabas kickstarted a debate over Stansted by floating an £8 billion vision to transform the airport into a Crossrail-connected hub.

Make’s Stansted hub – like Foster’s £50 billion Thames Estuary scheme – would be able to handle around 150 million passengers a year.

However practice director Ken Shuttleworth, who left Fosters to set up Make in 2004, claimed the construction cost would be ‘considerably less’ than Foster’s vision because it excludes the need for significant infrastructure investment.

He said:  ‘[Foster and Partner’s] proposal is very ambitious and has to be applauded for that.’

‘But there is more than one option,’ he said. ‘It’s an amazing option, but the reality of making it is more challenging in the UK than in Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur.’

Explaining his scheme’s advantages, he added: ‘Stansted has very good transport links in terms of the M11 and railway and fairly low population density. It’s all built on land and it’s also closer in real terms to the majority of people in the UK, than to London.’

Under Make’s plans Heathrow would either be entirely redeveloped or reduced in size.

Shuttleworth worked at Fosters from 1977 to 2004 but was not involved in the studio’s design for Stansted Airport which opened in 1991.

Plans worked up by Make propose building three new four kilometre-long runways at Stansted and creating a new Crossrail link from the airport to Stratford, reducing train journey times from the capital to 25 minutes.

A Foster-designed 1991 main terminal building could also be transformed into a train station under the plans however full architectural details have yet to be revealed. Timescales and construction cost have yet to be confirmed.

The independent bid is the latest option on the table for the government which is facing increasing pressure to find a quick solution to the bottleneck.

This week London mayor Boris Johnson – who backs either expanding Stansted or creating a Thames Estuary airport – threatened a judicial review against the government for deferring its decision on airport capacity until 2015.

Mayor Johnson’s aviation chief Daniel Moylan is also understood to favour the principle of developing Stansted as a hub airport.

Gatwick has meanwhile announced plans for a new runway to double its capacity to 70 million passengers a year.

Read more in next week’s AJ.

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‘Build 4-runway mega-hub at Stansted airport’

 
 by Mira Bar-Hillel  (Standard)

22 October 2012

Plans for a new four-runway London mega-hub at Stansted capable of handling 150 million passengers a year were unveiled today.

The proposal’s backers say building a huge new airport in the Essex countryside will be easier, quicker and less expensive than the £50 billion “Boris Island”scheme in the Thames Estuary.

The Stansted vision has been put together by Ken Shuttleworth, the architect behind the Gherkin Tower in the City.

The plans from his practice, Make Architects, would see Heathrow either entirely redeveloped or drastically reduced in size.

They would involve building three new 4km-long runways at Stansted and creating a new Crossrail link from Stansted to Stratford, reducing train journey times to 25 minutes.

The Norman Foster-designed 1991 main terminal building could also be transformed into a train station under the plans but full architectural details have yet to be revealed. Timescales and construction cost have also yet to be confirmed.

Mr Shuttleworth said: “Stansted has very good transport links in terms of the M11 and railway and fairly low population density.

“It’s also closer in real terms to the majority of people in the UK, rather than just London.”

But any proposal to expand Stansted would meet huge opposition from highly organised local residents’ groups. The new bid is the latest option on the table for the Government, facing increasing pressure to find a quick solution to London’s aviation bottleneck.

Mayor Boris Johnson is thought to be moving away from his idea of an estuary airport and towards Stansted as a site for a hub airport.

Gatwick has already announced plans for a new runway to double its capacity to 70 million passengers a year.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/build-4runway-megahub-at-stansted-airport-8220619.html

 

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