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|New Airport Planned for London|
- Byers considers Thames estuary site, aliens could lie in wait
LONDON could have a new airport deep in UFO territory within a decade if plans being considered by Transport Secretary Stephen Byers get the go-ahead.
Situated on the southern bank of the Thames Estuary in Kent, near a little village called Cliffe, the new airport would have four runways - a capacity which could eventually make it London's biggest.
Backers of the scheme say Cliffe's proximity to the sea would enable 24 hour use as noise pollution would not affect urban areas. Land in this part of north Kent is also considerably cheaper than that of rival plans to increase London's airport capacity, which centre around new runways for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
On the downside, the Thames Estuary is seen by environmentalists as holding high importance, especially for migratory birds. Pilots may also be concerned to learn that the Cliffe site is close to the huge oil refinery at Thames Haven.
Perhaps even more worrying is that Kent posts more UFO sightings than any other part of Britain. Maybe through use of time machines, the sneaky aliens have known all along that a landing strip was about to be built in the vicinity.
Byers is set to make a decision on the future of London airports by the end of this year, though the whole planning and consultation process will take much longer.