744 also makes a good point about the Government appearing incapable of making a decision.
It’s clear that this decision is one of the most important infrastructure decisions the country will ever face – on a par with the decision by Churchill to prepare for war in the mid/late 1930s. We can appease with a sticking plaster at LHR, or we can deliver a game changing hub on the Thames Estuary or elsewhere.
It’s clear to me a four runway Hub is needed – where it’s sited is all that’s uncertain.
BUT it should be clear that this is such a political hot potato, that it will also be central to the Election Campaign and any decision must have a strong mandate, all party support and not be subject to swiftboat action by political point scorers.
Some are simply opposed to “Boris Island” (more accurately the Thames Hub) because it is supported by the mayor himself
We’re already seeing the Labour Party being disruptive in today’s Select Committee report, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
While far from ideal, it’s essential the decision is delayed until a General Election, and once the Government is decided it moves swiftly in the next term to deliver the solutions, both interim at Gatwick and Stansted and longer term at a Hub, wherever that is sited.
If any Government tried to implement it now, and especially because of the Coalition being openly split on expansion, it would get kiboshed and be even less likely to be delivered.