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Val Shawcross AM Statement on Thames Estuary Airport Decision

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Val Shawcross AM has responded to news that the Airports Commission has ruled a Thames Estuary airport option off its final shortlist:

"Boris Johnson has long known that an estuary airport option was simply not viable, but has ploughed on regardless and wasted more than £5m of taxpayer money pursuing this pie-in-the-sky vanity project.

“If anything, Londoners now deserve an apology from their Mayor. He has wasted valuable public money promoting an estuary airport to raise his profile, when the expert evidence all along suggested the idea was environmentally and financially doomed."

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commented 2014-09-02 11:45:52 +0100
I believe the Mayor is right and the decision by the Commission is short sighted and lacks any long term vision for UK prosperity. Most of our competitors have more than 4 runways, so where will that be constructed when needed?

We need better regional links and 3 runways is unlikely to provide enough, and I, like many people in the NE, will continue to use Schipol, Brussels and Charles de Gaul, which do have much better links than Heathrow. The group of 5 London airports will not be a viable substitute.

I don’t believe a proper cost benefit analysis has been carried out that takes into account the regional economic benefits that would accrue from better links to London. In addition, I don’t believe any account has been taken of any new, improved, lower cost and more environmentally friendly transport systems that will come to fruition in the next decade.

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