Boris picks airport team

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson has picked his team to design a new airport for the south east, even though no site has yet been selected.

The Mayor of London announced the team on the same day as he gave evidence to an aviation inquiry convened by the Parliamentary Transport Select Committee.

The Mayor has made it very clear that he wishes to see the speediest possible resolution to the debate on how London’s aviation capacity needs should be satisfied, and where the additional capacity should be built.

He believes a new multi runway hub airport is the best solution, and remains opposed to expansion at Heathrow.

Now the Mayor has confirmed that the following organisations have all been engaged by him to help with work being prepared for submission to the Government.

  • Airport design & infrastructure – Atkins, Zaha Hadid Architects, Pascall & Watson Architects
  • Socio economic impacts  – Ramboll, Oxford Economics, York Aviation, Professor Peter Tyler (University of Cambridge)
  • Commercial viability – Ernst and Young
  • Legal and regulatory – Ashurst

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “It is absolutely imperative that work to progress a new hub airport in the southeast is completed as soon as possible. The Government has set a timetable that dawdles when dash should be the order of the day. That is why I have assembled a mighty team of experts who I have tasked with delivering a fulsome examination of the most realistic solutions to our aviation crisis in the shortest time possible, which I look forward to sharing with the Government.”

Around 15 different proposals for a new hub airport in the southeast have already been made public. The Mayor has consulted on criteria that will be used to evaluate each of those proposals and to form a shortlist of options. That shortlist is expected to be announced within weeks and the team now assembled by the Mayor will combine their expertise to produce detailed feasibility studies of the shortlisted options that the Mayor will submit to the Davies Commission.

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