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TfL urged to block further spending on Estuary Airport folly


Val Shawcross AM has today written to TfL Commissioner Peter Hendy over public spending on a Thames Estuary airport:

Labour Group Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM has today written to Transport for London Commissioner Peter Hendy, to press him to stop the waste of further public money lobbying for an airport in the Thames Estuary, after it was left off the Airports Commission’s final shortlist.

In Ms Shawcross’ letter she notes that in response to Tuesday’s announcement, instead of accepting the widespread views of aviation, financial and environmental experts, the Mayor stated that he intends to continue fighting for the proposal. Shawcross also calls on TfL to return any unspent funds from the £5.2m allocation for the Thames Estuary airport bid, and to confirm that no more public money will be spent in support of the failed project. 

Commenting on the letter, Val Shawcross AM, Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, said:

“The Airports Commission’s ruling means that any further taxpayer expenditure would represent little more than a political posturing exercise on Boris’ behalf, one which I believe the taxpayer has already paid dearly for. Boris may want to fight on but the taxpayer shouldn’t be footing the bill.

“I have today called on Peter Hendy to put a stop to this madness and confirm that the Mayor will not be allowed to throw good taxpayer money after bad on this folly. It would be totally inappropriate for more public money to be wasted on developing an idea which has neither support nor any realistic chance of implementation.”

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