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Heathrow Airport expansion approved.

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Heathrow Airport expansion approved.

Well it's taken nearly fifty years to come to a decision, but finally.

Better late than never? Well no not really. The sky, like our roads and our houses are clogged up enough as it is. More of everything and everybody ends up with nothing, and how ironic that 'wind power' is now a source of even more pollution.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37760187

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But how long will it be before it's operational ?

Construction will only begin in 2020/2021 at the earliest and that does not take into account all the protest groups, some councils and a string of other people who will do everything to delay it as long as possible.

Will they stop it going ahead ?....No. What they will do is delay it and cause misery for the millions of people and business that use this airport.

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I like how the flight path map proposes to fly right over central london, where all the pollution is, and the car driver is always to blame for all the pollution based on the "facts" gleaned by people who can't see the wood for the trucks, vans, buses and coaches... Funny

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OK fine, but why London?

It's not as if we are a huge island. Why not build a new airport away from the capital with a decent rail link? Narita Airport is around 70 miles outside of Tokyo, so what's the problem.

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I would have thought that flight paths over central London would cause some security problems ?

I never cease to be amazed at some photographs which show how close some planes are to peoples houses during take off and landing.... so close you could wave to the pilot

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Minivanman wrote:

OK fine, but why London?


 

Because (speaking with a northerner's view on the south), London covers the entire UK and anything else doesn't exist... Smiley

 

I live about 15 miles from Newcastle International Airport, plenty of planes taking off and landing there, some days there's planes from there flying over here every 10 minutes or so, but, despite having excellent road, rail & metro links, it's not viable for expansion, because it's not london, and of course, any expansion up here in't north might actually take trade away from london, and might create jobs up here, and might make the northern powerhouse a better economy than london, so, we don't get such things... Smiley

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I see a time when London is so congested and polluted that those with money will move out into what is left of the countryside simply following the pattern we see in some US cities where local gangs rule the roost.

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I see a time when society is going to be divided between the minority rich and secure, and the majority poor and dispossessed. A return to the rich man in his castle and the peasant in field and why? Because the manufacture of goods will be automated and the current model of social welfare will become a busted flush - fine to begin with but worthless and unsustainable in the end.

Now that's cheered us all up!  

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those with money will move out into what is left of the countryside

That already happened, it's called "Greater London"... Funny

 

The towns & villages that once surrounded the old London town were swallowed up by those with money moving outside of what was (at the time) congested london, and they kept going further and further out, assimilating the surrounding towns into the "borough of london", until someone decided to ring them in with the M25, but they keep on expanding london, swallowing up places and turning it into yuppie housing and pricing the locals out of the market, all for the sake of using that six-letter name as some sort of qualification of being "someone"... Crazy

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I was more or less raised in Croydon and can recall when it was swallowed up by London back in the mid 60s, and when those green line buses seemed to outnumber the red ones. Having said that, many of my old friends that still live there (I moved out years ago) still regard themselves more a part of Surrey than a part of London.

Progress I guess and just think, Croydon Aerodrome used to be London's airport!  

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I don’t think the 3rd runway at Heathrow will ever happen, it’s just not deliverable with all the caveats and constraints, it will be talked about for years then fade away.

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Minivanman wrote:

I see a time when society is going to be divided between the minority rich and secure, and the majority poor and dispossessed. A return to the rich man in his castle and the peasant in field and why? Because the manufacture of goods will be automated and the current model of social welfare will become a busted flush - fine to begin with but worthless and unsustainable in the end.

Now that's cheered us all up!  


Not sure about peasants in fields but the rich will always need the poor for mostly menial tasks such as cleaning, gardening, cooking and numerous other things they would not be wishing to do.

Be interesting to know the total number of staff some rich people have just to cater for their needs, I bet the yacht will need a crew of full time staff even though it gets used infrequently and all those extra houses will need to be kept clean and secure.

So not really bad news after all, plenty of work for everyone.

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Re: Heathrow Airport expansion approved.

I don't use airports anymore.

What with price of parking, security checks and other types of queue and delays its not worth it.

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Re: Heathrow Airport expansion approved.

Well it can be.

Flew out of London City a little while back on a £100 return trip to Brittany. Cheap rail ticket by booking six months in advance so no car park fees. Security minimal and no queue worth mentioning.

Easy peasy cheap and easy. 

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Re: Heathrow Airport expansion approved.

I think you have to credit the air transport industry with some understanding of their industry. All the major hubs are competing and if they don't keep up they will fall by the wayside.
I have used other hubs depending on which part of the world they specialise. Paris for francophone Africa, Frankfurt for South America, Dubai for Middle East for instance. Then I can use Manchester rather than London a a setting off point. My most recent job was in Jeddah so I was using Heathrow a lot.
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