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Developments over airport capacity in SE England

by on February 14, 2013

London mayor Boris Johnson has assembled a team of experts to assess the feasibility of the most realistic of the proposed new multi-runway hub airport projects for south-east England.

To date around 15 different proposals for a new hub airport in the South East have been made public. The Mayor has consulted on criteria that will be used to evaluate those proposals and establish a shortlist.

That shortlist will be announced soon and the newly-announced team of experts will produce detailed feasibility studies of the shortlisted options for submission by the mayor to the Government-appointed Davies Commission.

It is considering the issues surrounding new airport capacity for the capital and its surrounding region.

Engineering and project management consultancy Atkins will provide advice on airport design and infrastructure alongside two design firms: Zaha Hadid Architects and Pascall & Watson architects. The latter worked on terminals at Heathrow and Dublin Airport as well as St Pancras International Station.

Ramboli, an international engineering and management consultancy, will provide advice on socio-economic impacts along with Oxford Economics and specialist aviation consultancy York Aviation.

Also involved will be professor Peter Tyler, an urban and regional economics specialist from the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He has been a project director for over 70 major research projects for the Government.

Ernst & Young will provide guidance on the commercial viability of hub options while law firm Ashurst will assess the legal and regulatory implications.

Meanwhile, in a separate but related development airport owner and operator Heathrow has announced £3bn of infrastructure spending at Heathrow.

The plans include the completion of Terminal 2 and the early works on extending the building; the development of a new integrated baggage system; and the construction of new taxiways and stands which will allow the airport to accommodate more of the most modern aircraft.

Roger Milne

14 February 2013

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