On Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:47:19 +0100, Graeme Wall
Post by Graeme Wall Post by Recliner
On Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:44:39 +0100, Graeme Wall
Post by Graeme Wall Post by tim... Post by Recliner
well I don't know about the rest,
but I for one think that the idea that people who have little or no
business at the airport are going to have to suffer 5 years of
disruption whilst they rebuild the M25 to create this Hub airport
Highly unlikely ever to happen.
Do you mean Heathrow expansion at all, or this particular version of
Can't see any major expansion of Heathrow happening. It is going to be
bogged down in legal and political arguments for decades. If you need
another runway in the south east, Gatwick or Stansted are the more
logical choices, they have the space and the basic infrastructure to
support expansion. Heathrow, infamously, doesn't have the infrastructure
to adequately support its current operations.
It'll be interesting to see if this plan finally takes off. It's been
around, in one form or another, for many years, but it finally seems
to have some momentum now.
I think Gatwick's cheapo (£0.5bn) second runway probably will happen,
well before Heathrow gets another runway. The Gatwick project is
relatively small, and I don't know if it even needs planning
permission (as it doesn't require any expansion of the airport
footprint, new terminals, new roads, etc).
Technically, it's not a new runway, just moving one of the existing
runways 12m sideways and widening it. The agreement not to use both
runways at once runs out this summer, so there shouldn't be any real
obstacles in the way. It has much more political support than Heathrow
has, mainly because its flightpaths don't cross London.
But, given Stansted's spare capacity, I don't think it will be even
requesting a second runway any time soon.