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Moving wildlife to make way for new airport could cost £2 billion

Environmental groups have welcomed a new report which could add £2 billion to the cost of building a new airport in the Thames Estuary.

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The government's Airports Commission has published a feasibility study into the cost of relocating wildlife. A new four-runway hub, nicknamed "Boris Island" is backed by London's mayor who opposes further expansion at Heathrow.

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The Airports Commission says the mudflats and salt marshes in the Thames estuary are home to "internationally important bird species". New road and rail links to the airport would inflict additional damage on wildlife habitats.

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The report concludes the estimated £2.04 billion of moving the wildlife is "technically possible" but unprecedented in this country.

The Airport's Commission has confirmed what a costly environmental disaster the Mayor's Thames Estuary Airport represents. The Mayor needs to abandon this ill-conceived project.

– Darren Johnson, Green Party member of the London Assembly said: "