Check Out The UK's Ambitious Plan For The World's Biggest Airport

Foster + Partners Thames Hub Airport

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Architecture firm Foster + Partners, partnered with builders Halcrow and Volterra, a consultancy group of British economists, have unveiled their ambitious plans for a new transport hub in the UK.Located on the end of the Thames Estuary, the Thames Hub comprises three separate but complimentary goals.

  • A new Thames barrier that extends the flood-proof zone further along the river.
  • A high speed rail hub for trains around the UK and Europe
  • A new international airport that will take the strain off Heathrow.

The FT calls it the “most radical overhaul of Britain’s transport, logistics and communication network since the building of the railways” and London Mayor Boris Johnson has already voiced his approval.

Costing £50 billion ($80 billion), the plan would transform a huge area of land.

A new barrier would be built to prevent flooding at the mouth of the Thames, meaning a large amount of land could be developed near the Hub.

Britain's train network would be completely revamped. The designers hope their plan would get all container trucks off the road, instead using high speed rail to deliver goods.

The airport would be designed to handle 150 million passengers a year.

The new Thames Barrier would also be used to generate hydroelectric power.

It's thought that 300,000 passengers could use the underground train station every day.

The plan is being developed as the UK's largest airport, Heathrow, is reaching capacity. However, critics and rivals say that Lord Foster's plan is unrealistic.

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