London mayor backs architect over Thames Estuary airport days after re-election
Boris Johnson has renewed his backing for Norman Foster’s Thames Estuary airport proposals, days after his re-election as London mayor.
Conceding that the government is “yet to be persuaded” on the issue, Johnson called on the prime minister to “seize the nettle” and proceed with plans such as Fosters’.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Johnson said: “My gut feeling is that you could entrench London’s position as the economic powerhouse of Europe.
“You would solve all sorts of problems in transport infrastructure and regeneration if you went for a big, bold solution of the kind that Norman Foster was outlining.”
Last November Foster & Partners revealed its proposals for a Thames Estuary airport as part of a radical overhaul of the UK’s infrastructure network.
Ministers are expected to publish an aviation strategy this summer but have thus far been reluctant to back Fosters’ plans.
Johnson said: “This is a moment for greatness. It is a moment for bravery. I’ve said my piece on this. I can’t say any more. People know what I think, they know where I stand.
“If the coalition were to go for something like that it would be an incredible expression of confidence in UKPLC, in the dynamism of this country.”
But he acknowledged the difficulty he faced in persuading others. “I am not so naive as to think that that can be done without huge political opposition,” he said.
5 November 2012 | Updated: 5 November 2012 11:50 am
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