I agree with QantasClub on this one (as per my incessant rants in other threads on this same subject). I can see how it will be very difficult to substantially rebuild the central area terminals, because they are so full and have no space around them for expansion, and some progress has been made eg. Flight Connections centre serving T1 and T2
But overall LHR
is in a pretty sorry state, and can we guess why ? Chronic underinvestment in infrastructure by rapidly and poorly privatised monopoly enterprises cf UK railways, ATC, buses, etc etc etc.
BAA were given a huge and massively lucrative monopoly on air travel in the South East and what have they done ? Built shopping malls in the terminals and completely neglected the actual air transport infrastructue they control. What's the only thing they've done to improve jetways and gate piers ? Plaster the name of HSBC all over them - that's it, nothing else ! The only upgrades they are prepared to countenance are those paid for by other people eg. the Heathrow Express (GBP20 a time for a 15 minute train ride, bit outrageous, which is why so few people use it, and therefore the checkin at Paddington has had to be closed).
BAA should either be renationalised (fat chance) or else broken up, so that each of the 3 London airports it owns have to compete for traffic (this would mean the Bermuda 2 would have to go as well, because of the unfair limits it places on traffic to LHR
- this would be a highly desirable side effect).
may be handicapped because it was built in the 50's when nobody thought it would ever need to get as big as it already has - but if there had been sustained investment in the infrastructure, and T5
had been finished by 2000 (as it should have been), LHR
would be as good if not better than AMS
I disagree that Cliffe should replace LHR
- Cliffe is one of the fairly rare areas of unspoiled wetland left in the South East, whereas as LHR
especially is already a polluted concrete hell, so why not just make an already bad situation marginally worse rather than destroying unspoilt countryside. LHR
will never become unspoilt wildlife preserves, even if they are closed - they'll just get built over anyway. People who move to Richmond or Hounslow and then complain about aircraft noise deserve no sympathy. The airport has been there since 1948, and was a lot noiser in the 70's. Did anyone imagine for a moment that it would magically disappear because Friends of the NIMBY got up a petition ? Get real. LHR
is a reality and a blight, accustom yourselves to it (and move house).
Young and beautiful and thin and gorgeous AND BANNED ! Cya at airspaceonline.com, losers