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Essex: Airport chief says new runways are the only solution
4:00pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
Creating new runways in south-east England is the only solution to the country’s air capacity problems, according to an expert.
Sir Howard Davies, chairman of the Government’s Airports Commission, spoke in favour of expansion during a speech yesterday.
One potential option the commission will consider is expanding Stansted Airport into a four-runway super hub.
Stansted’s expansion could create as many as 261,000 jobs for workers in the Braintree area, and increase our district’s population by 16 per cent.
The economist did not named his preferred option, but rejected anti-expansion arguments on environmental grounds or potential disruption to residents.
Sir Howard said: “An attempt to rely only on runways currently in operation would be likely to produce a distinctly sub-optimal solution for passengers, connectivity and the economy.”
Alternative options to expanding Stansted include new runways at Heathrow or Gatwick, and a new airport in the Thames Estuary.
Last month Essex County Council dismissed plans for new runways at Stansted as “completely unacceptable to Essex residents”.
The Airports Commission is expected to report its findings in 2015, after the next general election.
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