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Airport Commission rules out Estuary Airport

Sept. 2, 2014

Heathrow Hub now the only politically realistic option

  • Heathrow Hub is the independent proposal shortlisted by Airports Commission
  • Boris Johnson changes his position
  • London mayor urged to back our plan

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Statement re Estuary Airport

Sept. 1, 2014

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  • Only independent proposal shortlisted by Airports Commission
  • Boris Johnson changes his position
  • London mayor urged to back our plan


The Commission is reported to be on the verge of finally ruling out an Estuary Airport for London, as championed by the Mayor Boris Johnson.

We note that, sensing this, Mr Johnson has subtly changed strategy. In his Telegraph column this morning he has backpedalled on his plan to close Heathrow and now says it can remain open as “an Orly-style airport.” He continues to rule out Gatwick expansion on the basis that it cannot provide the hub capacity Britain needs.

We welcome this change of heart. We believe the logic of Mr Johnson’s new position is that he should now back Heathrow Hub, the only independent proposal short-listed by the Commission. Heathrow Hub envisages extending the existing runway, an innovative noise reduction programme and a transformative surface access plan.

Jock Lowe, the longest serving Concorde pilot and one of the promoters of the Heathrow Hub scheme said: “I hope that our proposal is just the sort of creative idea which should appeal to Mr Johnson. We can deliver the new airport capacity required cost effectively. And by extending the existing runway we bring no new communities in West London into the noise footprint, so ours is now the most politically realistic plan still being considered by Airports Commission. We respectfully ask Mr Johnson to get behind Heathrow Hub in delivering this important project for London and for the nation.”

Capacity and Connectivity by ProgressOnline

June 11, 2014

Capacity and connectivity: How do we ensure economic growth is not blown off course?

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the importance of key transport hubs in driving trade, commerce and economic growth. For Britain to meet her longterm needs, what strategies are required to meet future infrastructure needs and provide economic certainty and stability? This event provided an opportunity for dialogue between the Labour party, key stakeholders and opinion formers in growth, transport and infrastructure policy.

Speaking at the event were:

  • Andrew Adonis Shadow minister for infrastructure
  • Captain William ‘Jock’ Lowe Founder and director, Heathrow Hub
  • Andrew Macmillan Director of strategy, Heathrow Airport Limited
  • Louise Ellman MP Chair, transport select committee
  • Chair: Seema Malhotra MP Chair, parliamentary Labour party BIS group

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Media Coverage: Infrastructure Intelligence

June 5, 2014

Infrastructure Intelligence reports that fairness in transport costs are vital to the proper assessment of airport runway options. The article quotes Heathrow Hub’s Mark Bostock saying “The surface access solution needs a very integrated approach. The key is bringing the front door of the airport closer to the road and rail network.”

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Media Coverage: Reuters

May 29, 2014

Reuters' Sarah Young interviews Jock Lowe on Heathrow Hub's proposal, highlighting the lower cost and shorter delivery time of the Heathrow Hub proposal as opposed to Heathrow Airport’s submission.

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Heathrow Hub's Jock Lowe attacks Boris Johnson for trying close Heathrow Airport

May 23, 2014

Jock Lowe attacks Boris Johnson for trying close Heathrow Airport costing 100,000 jobs.

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