Alex Seymour's comments
No doubt Gehry's stand against Israel's settlement building and his withdrawal from the ;Museum of Tolerance' project that is obliterating an historic (and sacred) Muslim cemetery in occupied Jerusalem has something to do with the decision.
A good reason to take the first Eurostar south.
I don't like the bit about "could be built for less if it used existing lines". Reminds me of the suggestion by one politician a few years back that some money could be saved by using the northern spur of the Circle Line to carry Crossrail under central London. If we are to have HS3 then let it be state of the art and not some hotchpotch of lines shared with the Trans Pennine Express and East Coast Main Line.
To get buy-in from this Islamophobic government for the Estuary Airport, Foster and Partners need to stress the security advantages of having an airport in such a remote spot from such viewpoints as facilitation of a state of the art missile defence curtain plus a sophisticated 8 metre high surrounding concrete wall and sufficient space in the surroundings to incorporate a nearby Army and RAF base permanently on standby. As the whole project would be a golden opportunity for Israeli security firms to earn millions in consulting fees the whole project will be a no-brainer which will waltz through Parliament in no time.
Is it possible they built it upside down by mistake?
I just hope that there is a sufficiently bright future in the book trade to justify this expansion. My fear is that this is about 30 years too late.
Don't think it was mentioned in the article: Mr Ritblat was a governor of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel from 1991 to at least 2008 and is also a Vice President of Weizmann UK the UK fundraising arm of the Institute, Not just the disinterested ex British Land boss" you would have us believe.
Stay strong Stephen; don't give in to pressure and blackmail from the Zionist (gutter) press.
We are all wise AFTER the event. I wonder how many other precious and historic sites have their fire protection '97% (and less) complete' The V&A for instance or the National Gallery? Are they all 100% ?
Electrification of the FGW rail network and the construction of Crossrail will assure far more comfortable and quicker access to any new airport east of London, from Reading and points west thereof, than would be possible today. As we are talking about at the minimum some 20 years in the future we do not need to assume the worst case scenario that today's rail travel conditions will not improve. Be optimistic like the Victorian were.