Revealed: £30bn proposal for "world’s largest airport" outside London

Proposals for a groundbreaking new super hub airport near London have been revealed, in a project that would create 100,000 jobs.

The plans for “London Medway Airport” include building a multi-modal airport with four runways in the North Kent Marshes, less than 25 minutes from central London by public transport.

Thomas Aldred, one of the founders of the project, said the London Medway Airport was the only solution that made economic sense.

“The ageing infrastructure and restricted capacity at Heathrow is costing the UK over £1bn every year, due to the lack of access that our small businesses have to emerging markets. A new hub airport is clearly the only real long-term economic option for London and the whole country.

“Additionally, we believe that due to the on-land location of London Medway Airport, our proposed airport along with substantial regional and national infrastructure developments, would cost just £30bn to build; significantly less than all of the other similarly sized airports being proposed in the region,” he said.

According to the founders, London Medway Airport (LMA) will have:

  • A capacity of 150 million passengers and 3.5million metric tonnes of cargo
  • Four runways, coupled with extensive local, regional and national infrastructure projects, LMA will be able to handle passengers 24/7.
  • 100,000 jobs may be needed at the new airport, and tens of thousands will be indirectly supported in the local area. This would go some way to alleviating the region’s high unemployment figures and stalled economic development.
  • A high-speed rail link will take passengers to central London in less than 25 minutes, while a new Lower Thames Crossing will provide a quick road link to the M25, and the London Gateway Port and Logistics Park.
  • No need for lost homes or displacement of residents. The immediate take-off/landing flight paths would also largely be over water or sparsely populated land, allowing for 24/7 operation.

The other director of London Medway Airport, Luke Douglas, added:

“Our plans are not only the most economically viable, but also the most practical. London Medway Airport will be operational within seven years, and will also have the added benefit of being less than 25 minutes from zone 1 of London by rail. This is the closest potential site to London, which increases convenience and connectivity. Our location is also excellent due to the proximity to the already under construction, £1.5bn London Gateway Port development, which is directly opposite the Cliffe site, and will be linked to the airport via a new Lower Thames Crossing road bridge.”

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