A design for a new airport in London’s Thames Estuary has been unveiled by the Thames Estuary Research and Development Company (Testrad).
Testrad said the new airport, previously dubbed Boris Island and now known as London Britannia Airport, could be built within seven years for GBP47 billion.
The brochure released by Testrad said the airport would feature six runways with high-speed rail connections to central London, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted including a Crossrail extension.
Passengers would be able to check-in at various points such as Kings Cross, Ebbsfleet and Canary Wharf before taking trains to the airport, with water access also to be made available from London Gateway.
Its proposals will be submitted to the Davies Commission while the group considers the future of the south of England’s airport capacity growth.
“The new London Britannia Airport concept plan gives London the airport it will need to support its world city status into the 21st century. It also provides a solution to the challenge of incorporating London’s expected growth in population of 2m and a facility which can be linked to the whole of the UK while both the East and West of London will each benefit from regeneration,” said Bridget Rosewell OBE, CEO of Testrad.
Bosses at Heathrow and Gatwick have also put forward proposals to the Davies Commission.