Plane flying over a housing estate outside Heathrow Airport
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Boris Johnson: Heathrow runway 'undeliverable'

The government should reject the "Boris Island" Thames Estuary airport plan and expand Heathrow instead, a report by MPs on the House of Commons Transport Committee has said.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has argued for a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary.

Louise Ellman, chair of the House of Commons' Transport Committee, told Today presenter John Humphrys that the opening of a new airport in the Thames Estuary "would require the closure of Heathrow" as there "would not be enough business to have two hub airports so close together".

Mr Johnson said that the "trouble with building a third runway is it just compounds the mistake".

He said that the Transport Committee's intension to have a four runway airport in the west of London would be "environmentally and politically undeliverable".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 10 May 2013.

  • 10 May 2013
  • From the section UK