Boris Johnson has said he will die in a ditch to prevent a third runway at Heathrow, during a TV interview.
Speaking on BBC TV’s Newsnight, during an interview focussed on air capacity expansion, the Mayor of London said his preferred solution of a new four-runway airport in the Thames Estuary was still the best idea, even though it would cost £50bn and take 20 years to build.
He said that the Coalition government was scared of the issue, and was attempting to “long-frass” it until after 2015 and the next election. This meant the country was “tip-toeing” towards an extra runway at Heathrow, but that he would “die in the ditch to prevent that from happening because it really would be a disastrous solution.”
He said “interim” expansion of Gatwick and Stansted would allow the increased aviation necessary to allow the UK to continue to compete on the World stage until Boris Island could be built in a couple of decades.
All these options are being considered in a Government review of South East airport capacity due to publish in the summer.
There are significant fears that a four runway thames estuary would undermine Heathrow and put 200,000 jobs at risk in West London.