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Thames Estuary airport: Medway and Kent leaders urge more work to finally end Grain plans

PUBLISHED: 09:23 17 December 2013 | UPDATED: 09:23 17 December 2013

Rodney Chambers. medway council

Rodney Chambers. medway council

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Mixed emotions after Davies Commission interim report

The leader of Medway Council, Rodney Chambers, says more work needs to be done to ensure the county is not blighted by the construction of a major multi-billion pound hub airport.

It follows this morning’s interim report by the Davies Commission which short-lists three options - revolving around expanding Heathrow or Gatwick - but also says further investigation into building an airport on Grain will take place during the next year.

Cllr Chambers said: “I am very pleased that the Davies Commission has at last listened to all the arguments that we have been putting forward and have not included an estuary airport in their short list for further consideration. We still hold to our arguments that there is extra capacity in the existing airports.

“The commission has stated that further analysis needs to be carried out on the Isle of Grain option, which means it could be back on table in the future.

“While we seem a great deal closer, there is still some work to be done to show why the Isle of Grain would be the very worst of all options for the country, for the aviation industry and for Medway and Kent.

“It would cost the taxpayer tens of billions of pounds to pay for all the road and rail infrastructure needed, and, for the majority of UK passengers, it would be on the wrong side of London.”

Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, added: “The idea of the Hoo Peninsula airport is now much more in the long grass than it was and clearly the Heathrow expansion is top of the list.

“We will continue to express 101 very good reasons why the Isle of Grain is not a viable option and a totally inappropriate location.”

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