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

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:

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