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Heathrow Expansion Under Legal Threat « The Anonymous Widower

Heathrow Airport will look back on March 2016, as very much a mense horribilis.[1]

After the cracks in the Class 332 trains[2], which led to to all sorts of problems with Heathrow Express[3], the airport can t be pleased with this story on the BBC web site[4], entitled Heathrow third runway: Councils in legal threat over plan. This is said.

Four Tory councils have threatened to sue the government if plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport go ahead.

Solicitors acting for Wandsworth, Hillingdon, Richmond and Windsor and Maidenhead councils have written to the prime minister saying expansion would be irrational or otherwise unlawful .

What is surprising about this story, is that only four councils are mentioned. But the Councils involved, are the closest ones to the Airport and the ones likely to get the most complaints from residents. The Airport is actually in Hillingdon. Given that the current Mayor of London and nearly all candidates for the Mayoral Election in May, are against the third runway, I would have thought a few other councils could jump on the bandwagon. And not just Tory ones!

Is there a Council in London and the South East that actually wants Heathrow to have a third runway?

According to Wikipedia[5], Slough is in favour. In The Rise Of Gatwick Airport[6], I said this.

I am coming more to the conclusion, that despite the report of the Airports Commission, Heathrow Airport will never have a third runway, but Gatwick may get a second one, as they can start to plan, for when the deal to not build a second runway with Sussex County Council, runs out in 2019.

I think as time goes on, it will be even more unlikely that Heathrow will get another runway. Heathrow s only hope is that after this year s elections and the Brexit vote, David Cameron decides to allow the runway, as it won t affect him in 2020.


March 4, 2016[7] Posted by | Travel | [8][9][10]


  1. ^ Heathrow Airport (en.wikipedia.org)
  2. ^ Class 332 trains (en.wikipedia.org)
  3. ^ Heathrow Express (en.wikipedia.org)
  4. ^ story on the BBC web site (www.bbc.co.uk)
  5. ^ According to Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org)
  6. ^ The Rise Of Gatwick Airport (anonw.com)
  7. ^ March 4, 2016 (anonw.com)
  8. ^ (anonw.com)
  9. ^ Travel (anonw.com)
  10. ^ (anonw.com)

Dear imprudence | 51m

Liverpool mayor, Joe Anderson, and the chair of the transport select committee, Louise Ellman, have endorsed Ticket to Ride[1], a report for Phillip Blond s thinktank Respublica, which puts the case for a 3 billion new high-speed rail link to Liverpool.

[Liverpool offers 2bn to be included in HS2 network, Gwyn Topham, The Guardian, 23 Feb 2016]

The plan would see a dedicated high-speed line linking Liverpool to the HS2 route north of Crewe, connecting to Manchester and its airport. The link would form the western point of a HS3 route of fast east-west links across the cities of the north. The report puts the cost of extending HS2 to Liverpool at 3bn and says the city could cover two thirds of that sum through increased revenue in business rates and employment that the line would stimulate over several decades.

( 3 billion = about fifteen Library_of_Birminghams.)

Dear Imprudence | 51m

According to page 19 of the report, there are 1.05 million journeys directly between Liverpool and Manchester each year. So, if the 3 billion costs of the Liverpool link were apportioned equally between HS2 and TransNorth HS3 travellers, with an interest rate of 1%, the cost per Manchester journey would be ( 1.5 billion * 0.01) / 1.05 million = 14.28, before operating costs (and assuming the new line carried 100% of the current rail journeys). The report also claims that depending on the exact route followed by the new infrastructure , it should be possible to achieve a journey time to Manchester Airport of around 15 minutes, and to Manchester city centre of around 20 minutes. But those figures look unachievable with Respublica s favoured route (above).

So, just as might be expected, the Blond / Anderson / Volterra Ticket to Ride proposal is 100% wack.

Dear Imprudence | 51m



  1. ^ Ticket to Ride (www.respublica.org.uk)

Foreign investment in the Netherlands created 9300 jobs in 2015

The Netherlands reported a strong year for foreign investment in 2015, driven by projects in North America. The Foreign Investment Agency Netherlands (NFIA) and its regional partners in the network Invest in the Netherlands assisted in attracting over 300 foreign investment projects in 2015, representing $ 2.04 billion in capital investment and creating more than 9,300 new jobs. Almost two thirds of these projects were supported directly by NFIA, which helps international companies to establish and expand their operations in the Netherlands.
To NFIA, US and Canada boosted the momentum of investment with 75 projects and more than $ 1.6 billion in capital investment, generating 4,519 direct jobs. Again, headquarters were at the forefront of investment in North America, with 19 projects in general, followed by 15 projects marketing and sales and 12 service centers. D distribution, manufacturing and R & they were also active in 2015 and spread across industries, with information technology and life sciences and health as the leading sectors.
“The Netherlands remains an important attraction for companies in North America,” Jan-Emile van Rossum, CEO of North America NFIA said. “From Holland high level of education, labor, excellent logistics and technology infrastructure, and the structure of corporate tax English support speech give the Netherlands a natural fit for US and Canadian companies seeking expand in Europe. “
The USA. It remains the main source of investment projects for the NFIA, generating more than a third of all projects. Stryker, Netflix and Sealed Air were among US companies opened European headquarters in the Netherlands last year, while Forever 21 and Carnival announced major investments to expand its Dutch presence – Forever 21 increasing its capacity European distribution by building a new plant in Bergen op Zoom and Carnival at its campus in Almere. Tesla also opened a new car plant in Tilburg and IBM opened a design center in Groningen.
the largest investment in the Netherlands came from ExxonMobil, which is investing $ 1 billion to expand its refinery in Rotterdam. Michael Kors, who began the construction of a European distribution center 1 million square feet last year, had the largest project in terms of jobs.
The NFIA has US offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. For more information, visit www.InvestinHolland.com.

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