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Foster + Partners And Halcrow Create Proposal For The Thames Hub

Detailed vision for developments to the Thames estuary in London, including rail connections, an airport and improved tide barriers.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on August 3, 2011.

A detailed vision to make London’s Thames estuary a hub for transport and trade is to be released next month by architects Foster + Partners and infrastructure consultants Halcrow. The two companies have collaborated on this proposal, which would bring together rail freight connections between the UK’s main sea ports, create a 150 million passenger airport to replace Heathrow, build a tidal energy barrage and put a new flood protection barrier in place.

The Thames Hub is a long-term vision, which would span the next 50 years, reaching completion around 2060. Halcrow group board director, David Kerr said:

The Thames Hub would provide a major economic boost for Kent and Essex, with the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs over a number of years and provide noise and air pollution relief for London’s population. The proposals would make a significant contribution to the UK’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions. If the UK is to remain globally competitive, these proposals need to be seriously considered.

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