Thames Reach Airport offers the highest peak capacity, flexibility and wider benefits at a lower cost compared to alternative proposals. This is mainly due to:

  • Lower land prices and available space in the Thames Eastuary (flood risk land, brown field sites and open water)
  • Operational synergies with associated infrastructure projects – LTX and flood defences
  • New-build AirRailHub vs. extending a┬álive airport in a built-up area

Here an illustrative cost comparison with an expanded Heathrow:

TRA - indicative cost comparison18.7.13

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