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Lionel
16th Oct 2016 23:11:33
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Well, perhaps I may chime in on this one, and from a different point of view.

For reasons that don't matter here, I ended up driving trucks into and out of Heathrow. It was the mid-nineties when Concorde was still flying. We would drive off the M4/M25 Heathrow junction into a labyrinth of subterranean roads under Heathrow to arrive at Terminal Four, known as T4. Our exit was in the same manner.

Twenty years ago the traffic congestion around Heathrow was such that it required the patience of a saint to navigate a path through it to arrive at T4 on time. Quite simply the A30/M4/M25 road system was inadequate to cope with traffic twenty odd years ago! Today, well someone here surely knows better than I. The road system just couldn't cope. Heathrow was a truck driver's nightmare. So many men refused runs which involved Heathrow.

For me, the only option is Boris Island, out in the Thames estuary. It could have traffic load capable roads in and out which avoid that devilish M25. A new purpose built airport to over shadow Heathrow and Gatwick. A new London Airport with available space to accomodate any further expansion in air traffic. Perhaps I should point out, one third of air traffic is passenger and two thirds freight. The problem today is not people but trucks carrying air freight out of Heathrow.
Response from Wilf made on 16th Oct 2016 23:27:51
As ususal I agree with your point Lionel. To get to heathrow on the odd times I have been is a nightmare. Traffic everywhere and whats even worse are the confusing road signs. If the stuck the whole lot on an island in the Thames it would make a lot more sense. Design an airport for the 21st century not bolt on bits to a 20th century one!
Response from Lionel made on 16th Oct 2016 23:44:08
Wilf, you're a night bird too! But's it's always good to hear from you. Thank you.

As an air traveller you wouldn't necessarily know there is a network of dual carriageway tunnels under the visible parts of Heathrow. From T4 on the south side it's possible to exit Heathrow onto the M25/M4. Even so, the traffic jams under Heathrow are unbelievable! We were more than a hundred feet down and I don't like being enclosed.

The only answer, from a truck drivers point of view, is a new airport designed to cope with the utterly massive traffic flow deemed neccessary these days. Both Heathrow and Gatwick are at capacity - Heathrow is now well beyond capacity.

Something new is needed and Boris Island is, to me as a former truck driver, the answer.
anf1408
16th Oct 2016 23:12:56
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I would prefer to see expansion of the regional airports. For many the need to travel to Gatwick or Heathrow to fly to certain destinations is both costly and time consuming.
Response from Wilf made on 16th Oct 2016 23:29:01
Yes I think they should develop Manchester even more plus Glasgow. makes a lot of sense. Why should people have to drive or even fly to Haethrow or Gatwick to connect down there. Plus more jobs in the North.
bluemoon239
16th Oct 2016 21:53:26
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Personally don't use either, I prefer Stansted or Manchester for travelling.
MrsPat
16th Oct 2016 18:08:42
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We live near Heathrow and I think it will just cause more pollution and traffic chaos here. Why dont the politicians get some commonsense and build it in the Thames gesture like Boris said. It was a good idea. Then planes do not fly over crowded London which is dangerous. We could have a huge airport there the envy of the world. What will we do? Mess it all up as usual! It was obvious from the start they would put the new runway at Heathrow its taken about 20 years for our politicians to make a decision which says a lot about why the country just doesn't function as well as places like China which makes decisions and gets on with it

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