The Daily Telegraph today reported that Prime minister David Cameron is to announce a formal consultation on plans for a new airport in the Thames Estuary within weeks.
They Report ….. The Prime Minister is expected to offer his provisional support for a scheme originally proposed by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.
The Government had planned to announce preliminary backing for the scheme on Jan 3, with feasibility studies beginning in the Spring. The announcement was expected to be linked to plans for a second high-speed rail line as part of the Government’s long-term vision for Britain’s transport infrastructure.
Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, blocked the announcement amid concerns that it was being rushed out and had not been thought through.
No 10 sources said a decision on aviation strategy was now due to be announced in March and that “discussions are ongoing”.
The Daily Telegraph understands that Mr Cameron will be supportive of the proposed airport but will make a final decision on the basis of the consultation process. Mr Clegg is said to have an “open mind” over the proposal but is keen to consider the views of environmental campaigners and residents. The Liberal Democrat position is currently to oppose airport expansion…. read the full story