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Farrell reignites airport expansion battle with new Gatwick images

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Architect Terry Farrell has unveiled new images of his practice’s plans for the expansion of Gatwick Airport

His latest proposals have been revealed ahead of the Airports Commission’s decision - finally expected next month - on whether expansion should take place at either Gatwick or Heathrow.

Farrell claims his privately-financed plans for Gatwick would eliminate queues, speed up passenger transit, have minimal impact on local communities, and be operational by 2025.

He said: ‘Our proposals for Gatwick are not just for another runway, but an entirely new world class airport for London and the UK. Heathrow cannot deliver that.

‘Our vision for Gatwick is that it becomes the world’s most efficient two runway airport – flexible and responsive to meet the changing needs of passengers and airlines. With an elegant and simple terminal layout, we have designed a direct and straightforward route from curbside to plane, creating a seamless passenger experience.

’Queues have literally been designed out and the new terminal will be simple and convenient to use with minimal changes of level. The airfield itself will also offer the shortest taxiing distances possible with the new apron sitting between, and in close-proximity to, both the existing and new runways.’

He added: ‘By providing a second runway at Gatwick, we will create a much more balanced system of infrastructure, and capitalise on the integrated connectivity we already have in London. It will positively affect the whole of the UK’s infrastructure, and build on the power of networks. A second runway would turbocharge economic growth in the South East and do for South London was the Olympics did for East London.’

Farrell’s comments follow a debate last week between leading figures from Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.

At the debate Gatwick Airport’s chief financial officer Nick Dunn, claimed that Freedom of Information requests showed that a second runway at Gatwick would achieve the ‘same economic outcome’ as a third Heathrow runway and could be built at a lower cost through phased expansion.

Gatwick was also recently favoured by Nigel Wilson, chief executive of insurance giant Legal & General.

Speaking last week, Wilson said the government should ditch its huge plans Hinkley Point, Heathrow expansion and HS2 and instead focus on the ’three Gs’ - namely investing in green energy, building a great northern railway and expanding Gatwick.

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