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"Blue Sky Thinking" about Heathrow
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:19 pm    Post subject: "Blue Sky Thinking" about Heathrow Reply with quote



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23612511

Shocked

Hey, I know, why don't we just turn the whole of London into one great big f*****g airport? Rolling Eyes

Or is the BBC having a laugh? Is this journalism, or some sort of black comedy?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about less flights? They didn't think of that one!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How would fewer flights help the growth economy?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodburner wrote:
How would fewer flights help the growth economy?

It would help it to grow at a sustainable level, that might be negative!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:55 pm    Post subject: Re: "Blue Sky Thinking" about Heathrow Reply with quote



I can see a couple of flaws in the plan. Planes on R2 might bump into planes on R6 and planes on RS might get their wheels wet because there are some big ponds.

Otherwise it's fine.

Edit: Oh, I see, R6 goes in a sort of cutting or underpass underneath R2. Good.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Imagine the desolate legacy if that ever got done!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might lower property prices in that part of greater London... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's nothing blue sky about that thinking. It's all rather white sky with all the contrails that will be produced by all those extra flights.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Orwell's "1984", the UK had been renamed "Airstrip 1".
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So do they propose to take some of these runways underground? Laughing Or on stilts? Either I'm misinterpreting the map or there are people living in the proposed locations.

Maybe they'll forcibly relocate these people so they have to get a flight to their jobs.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the idea is to so scare people in the local area about the possibility of seven runways that they meekly agree when it turns out only to be three or four.

The problem isn't just the people and the reservoirs. The M25 would also have to be re-routed, which would take out yet more homes.

ETA: or, I suppose, we could have the "Gibraltar solution", where a main road crosses the runway and has to be closed every time a plane needs to use it.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That happens in Shetland too! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still think an island in the Thames is the best solution. They could combine it with an updated flood barrier to cope with the sea level rises. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tarrel wrote:
I still think an island in the Thames is the best solution. They could combine it with an updated flood barrier to cope with the sea level rises. Rolling Eyes

As we don't have Australia any more, I suppose that's the best option we have! It would have to be a big one to take all the politicians, bankers, fossil fuel company executives and airport designers though Very Happy.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UndercoverElephant wrote:
I think the idea is to so scare people in the local area about the possibility of seven runways that they meekly agree when it turns out only to be three or four.

The problem isn't just the people and the reservoirs. The M25 would also have to be re-routed, which would take out yet more homes.

ETA: or, I suppose, we could have the "Gibraltar solution", where a main road crosses the runway and has to be closed every time a plane needs to use it.


The bonkers 7 runway suggestion comes from a member of the public (as do the rest of those in the link).

Runway 3 looks like it's nearly 7km long - not sure what he has in mind in terms of future aircraft technology!
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