Boris Johnson is pressing ahead with his fantasy island:
"Highly experienced engineer and Executive Chair of Crossrail Doug Oakervee has agreed to lead the Greater London Authority's preliminary feasibility study into a new airport in the Thames Estuary, the Mayor confirmed today."
Kit Malthouse is ecstatic:
"To have such a colossal figure from the engineering world bringing his extensive skills and judgement to this unique and important project is great news."
Kulveer Ranger is more measured:
"His conclusion will be based on thorough and detailed analysis and will be crucial in aiding a final decision on the feasibility of an airport in the Thames Estuary."
So what about Boris? Where does he stand?
"The Mayor has made it clear that if there is an overriding economic, environmental, political or practical reason why the airport would not work, then he will not progress the project"
"But he is determined to consider all the arguments first so it can be decided once and for all whether the airport is a feasible option."