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Boris island' airport moves a step closer

PUBLISHED: 15:11 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 25 August 2010

A TOP engineer is due to submit a report on building a Thames estuary airport in two months time.

A TOP engineer is due to submit a report on building a Thames estuary airport in two months time.

Doug Oakervee, the mastermind behind Hong Kong's island airport, took Mayor of London Boris Johnson to visit potential sites aboard a dredger last Friday.

The engineer is studying the feasibility of an airport.

The Mayor said: "Today's trip has reaffirmed in my mind that a new airport in the Thames estuary has got to be factored in as an option for London's long-term aviation needs."

Nick Raynsford, Greenwich and Woolwich MP, has said a four lane airport built in the estuary could be an alternative to expanding Heathrow.

But the proposal has outraged environmentalists wanting to protect the migratory bird population that visits the North Kent Marshes.

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