BAA reveal Stansted expansion plans
Airports operator BAA today unveiled its latest plan for a new runway and terminal at Stansted airport. The 3,048m long runway and terminal building will require an additional 486ha of land and cost Â£1.4bn by the time the terminal opens in 2015.
A consultation on upgrading transport connections into the airport will be announced next month. Upgrades to the M11, the A120 and rail connections will all be considered.
Protestors against the scheme said the airports future will become a test case for airport expansion: â€œ"It is all very well putting a plan on paper but the hurdles that lie ahead will render this a pointless exercise," said Stop Stansted Expansion chair Peter Sanders. "Not only will this plan continue to be fiercely opposed at local level but also, it will become a much wider battle. It will become a key test as to whether â€“ in the full knowledge of the environmental damage that it would cause â€“ we as a society attach greater importance to protecting tomorrow's environment or to meeting today's insatiable demand for ever more cheap flights."
Full details can be found at http://www.stanstedairport.com/future