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Saturday 24th March 2012 | 00:01
Ken Livingstone Press Release
114,000 West London jobs threatened by Thames Estuary Airport
Ken Livingstone today visited West London including Hounslow to pledge his 100% support for the campaign to protect the jobs of up to 114,000 Londoners which are threatened by Boris Johnson’s Thames Airport proposal.
Boris Johnson wants to build a hub airport in the Thames Estuary which would see Heathrow downgraded to a regional feeder airport. Aviation experts have argued it is not possible to have two international hub airports. On January 19th 2012 BA chief executive Willie Walsh says the Estuary Airport 'is for the birds', and could only be viable if Heathrow was closed and air traffic forced to the east
Ken Livingstone said,
“I’ll oppose all proposals for a new ‘hub’ airport in the Thames Estuary because a new Thames airport would threaten 114,000 jobs.
“Boris Johnson’s plan will threaten 114,000 jobs in West London and could take billions of pounds out of the local economy.
Ken Livingstone said,
"I’ll oppose all proposals for a new ‘hub’ airport in the Thames Estuary because a new Thames airport would decimate the West London economy and the 114,000 jobs reliant on Heathrow airport.
"You can't have two hub airports so close to one another.
"The threat to 114,000 jobs in West London would take billions of pounds out of the local economy.
"If I’m elected in May I’ll do everything within my power to stop this plan which threatens disastrous consequences for Londoners."
A total of 114,000 jobs and economic activity equivalent to £5.3bn is supported in West London by the operation of Heathrow Airport. These jobs represent approximately 22% of total employment in the local area. That is, one in five jobs in the local area is dependent on the Airport.
Split hubs in Tokyo and Dubai have caused the downgrading of one of the city’s airports.
It is estimated that The Thames Hub would take 16 years to build at a cost of some £50bn.
The airport would cost £20bn; orbital rail £20bn; barrier crossing and tidal power generation of green energy to power the airport £6bn; and improving infrastructure £4bn.