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The sooner we start planning Heathrow 'the better'

The demand for new homes and jobs in the capital is such that we must be ready to start redeveloping Heathrow the moment it moves to its new site. And the sooner we start planning the better. We asked our architects to be as creative as possible and these designs illustrate strikingly different visions of a Heathrow of the future. However the key point is that all these scenarios would potentially create some of the many thousands of new jobs and homes this city will require given London is expected to increase in size by a fifth within the next 15 years. How we deal with that is something we need to be planning for and debating right now. Those discussions must not be delayed.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London


Thames Estuary airport scheme questioned

More doubt has been cast on the prospect of the so-called "Boris Island" Thames Estuary airport plan going ahead.

Proposed Thames Estuary. Credit: Foster & Partners

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."

Read: Another setback for Boris over estuary airport ambitions


London water cannon being fitted with cameras

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says the water cannon arrived in the "last few days" and are being fitted with cameras.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe Credit: PA

He added: "We have to have a period of training. A lot of officers to train. It's going to take a few months before they are ready."

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