Airports Commission Torpedoes Boris Island

By Gary Cutlack on at

The long-running series of meetings looking at how to expand London's air travel bandwidth has ruled out the "Boris Island" option, with the Airports Commission officially eliminating the Thames Estuary hub plan from its options for future expansion.

The Commission says it's too expensive, environmentally disruptive (to birds and it would've flattened that lovely old fort) and the benefits can't be proven. Boris Johnson, meanwhile, has said the decision to focus on expanding either Gatwick or Heathrow instead is "mypoic" and has "set the debate back by half a century". [BBC]