We English do some pretty mad things sometimes but this one takes the biscuit!
Heathrow is connected to.
1.2 major motorways M25 arterial and West the M4
.From the M25 all other London motorways are available.Also directly connected to A4
for good measure.A triple carriage way into London.
2.Direct connection on the tube (Picadilly Line). Direct express train into Paddington (mere minutes). Soon this connection will run all the way through London to Liverpool street (The financial City).(Called Cross Rail).
3.A new proposal which has no real detractors for a Clapham Junction (Uk's busiest rail station) / Heathrow connection called "Airtrack Lite"(Can therefore connect with Gatwick with one change).
4.HS2 (high speed rail project just given go ahead -( £30Bn) has facility for spur to Heathrow thus connecting whole of central and wester Britain.
Now what would that cost to build from scratch.You would get no change from £100Bn.
Heathrow worker infrasrtucture.
1.Over 100,000 workers live around the airport to service it. And the 100K's of people and structure to support them - schools,shops etc etc.A whole city's worth!
2.Hotels.20 odd major hotels dotted all around the heathrow complex.
3.Freight. A massive infrastructure of all major freight comanies all around the Airport.
What would all that cost to rebuild - another £100Bn ? Oh and what about the 100's of thousands of people that loose their jobs. Oh no don't tell me - that can all up sticks to the Eastern Thames marshes leaving a Detroit like desert behind them!
Heathrow Terminals. 1,2,3,4,5 (and 6?)
Hmmmm Yup brand new terminals and some under construction as we speak. Cost???
Then their is the airport itself. That is of course already there. Twin runways that are being tested as we speak for dual mode T/O and Landings.So short term expansion is already possible.On top of that the A380 will in time reduce congestion by the fact that it can replace 2 for 1 where the capacity allows.
Boris sights that we don't fly to enough secondart destinations into China and Brazil.Is this because we (BA) can't? No it due to business considerations. But look a short way into the future...
Slots.BA is now not slot constrained due to the B Mid T/O. It (now) can (fly to these destinations) if it wants to.
Aircraft. It has ordered the ultimate long thin route aircraft the 789. The reason it does not use them is that they are 5 years late.Not their fault. They will arrive.The noise signature of these new aircraft is over 30% less than existing planes.
So there is no issue here what so ever.
The correct plan (a short haul only third runway) has been shown to be feasable. At a very low cost. The planes that will fly into it will be 737NG Max,s and A320 NEO's. These new (small) planes with state of the art engines will also have a noise signature far lower than anything we have today.
Of course someone will get some extra noise.They will whereever you put a runway.You could put it at Gatwick (in the country).You could put it at Stanstead (in the country). But people will and have complained. They will complain wherever you put it.NIMBY. That's not to blame them who would not.
But government (good government)is about making the RIGHT decisions not just to pander to some potental voters.
One of the key reasons that London is the No1 city in the World IS
because of Heathrow.The others (Paris/Frankfurt) must be holding their breath with glee watching this debacle.
So build a small third runway in the nearish future and upset a few people. OR
Spend £200 Bn and flip London on it's head by putting an airport where no one wants or needs it making 50 years of infrastructure (and people) redundant?
It beggers belief that it is being discussed at all.
Oh and by the way. The future. The future global hub will not (is not ) Heathrow it is and will be Dubai.Heathrow will grow yes,but do not over estimate the geographical shift that is happening right in front of our eyes.
It is total madness. Please see sense. (From someone who lives under the Heathrow flight path).
. As someone who does live under the flightpath I know that it is not the volume of aircraft.It just takes the one NOISY aircraft in the morning or night.With all the noise of a major city around you it is not an issue at all during the day. People older than me remeber the screeching turbojet 707's that burst your eardrums.I recall the equally noisy turbo jets of Concorde.I know what the primary offender is today.It is the 747.
Tomorrow all such aircraft will have gone,replaced with aircraft that literalyl whisper overhead.Compared to Busses,lorries (trucks) Police sirens and Rattling metal on metal trains the planes are silent! Come on guys do your research.