Feasibility studies for estuary airport




Wednesday, 10 September 2014


Question 2014/2982

Main question

Caroline Pidgeon

What is the total expenditure on feasibility studies for the proposed estuary airport?


Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

Prior to the establishment of the Airports Commission in September 2012, TfL, under Mayoral Direction, had spent £190,146 promoting my policy of opposing Heathrow expansion while providing for London's pressing need for additional capacity through the construction of a new hub airport to the east of the capital.

When the Government established the Airports Commission in September 2012, TfL responded robustly and comprehensively, on behalf of the capital, to the many papers and calls for evidence issued by the Commission. The additional expenditure incurred, authorised under Mayoral Direction, has brought the total expenditure (including that incurred before September 2012) to £4,250,352.

Since my policy covers both opposition to Heathrow expansion and vindication of the need for a new hub airport, it is not easily possible to break total expenditure down into sums that can be directly allocated to each of the two objectives.