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More doubt has been cast on the prospect of the so-called "Boris Island" Thames Estuary airport plan going ahead.
Favoured by London Mayor Boris Johnson, the estuary scheme, involving a new four-runway airport, is being studied by the Whitehall-appointed Airports Commission.
One of three reports prepared for the commission published today has said of the estuary plan: "Overall, the challenges to transition are considerable and amount to a significant cost and risk to the taxpayer in terms of commercial negotiations, infrastructure development and potential failure."
- The survey comes in the wake of an official report from the government's Airports Commission into the environmental impact of a four-runway hub in the Thames
- The feasibility study claimed the creation of new habitats away from a so-called "Boris Island" airport could cost £2bn
Boris Johnson has suffered another blow in his ambition for a Thames estuary airport after leading London businesses backed new runways at Heathrow.
A ComRes poll for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry reveals 54% of business leaders favour expansion at Heathrow over Gatwick.