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October 27, 2016

Hard to believe that a statement by the current government on the third runway at Heathrow would cause so much excitement.

Can you remember just a few years ago the furore caused by the Blair government when they made the same announcement! Then only a couple of years ago the Cameron government stated categorically that there would be NO new runway at Heathrow!

Now another government comes along and makes another bold statement which on the face of it is no more likely to happen than UKIP winning a general election. If you think about it that is even much more likely!

Would it not be amazing if someone in government even a Prime Minister had vision for the future of our airports, say look forward fifty years or even 100 years and make decisions that would improve the lot for our grandchildren and their grandchildren instead of a short fix to accommodate the get richer desires of the London based businesses and bankers of today. It is as if the people of London are on a different planet to the rest of us.

I don’t have the answers to the airport expansion issue but I do have the questions, like would it not make sense to build a new airport where the aircraft go out and come in over the sea thus reducing the problem of pollution of the cities at a stroke?

I heard a proposal for a airfield that was mothballed and waiting for investment would fit the plan ideally, I believe it was talked about but thrown out by the Heathrow lobby, Why? Imagine a new airport built for the 22 century that incorporated all the new gadgets, and powered by solar energy!  and at a fraction of the cost and disruption of the Heathrow or Gatwick projects.

What about expanding Bristol airport? that would accommodate everyone in Wales and the west and has great access from the motorway network. It is also close to the sea where aircraft could once again come in and out without crossing any heavily populated areas.

I am not sure but I expect it is true that more than 70% of the people travelling from Heathrow come from outside greater London and would prefer to fly from an airport nearer home.

I could rabbit on about it a quite a while but that is enough of that!!

Ah! British Bake Off now that’s more interesting!!!



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