Flying home yesterday I noticed that Manston in Kent is opening up as a destination for KLM. It has huge runways, being previously RAF Manston and is able to accommodate the space shuttle. There are no built up areas nearby and flights can take off and land over the sea.
The rapid transit systems which run on MAGLEV are capable of reaching 300 miles an hour and get to Kent in around 30 minutes from London. In fact Maglev systems don’t make sense running a mere 25 miles as they do at Shanghai for example. They can’t get anywhere near full speed before they have to start slowing down. At full speed they do 5 miles a minute, so an extra 50 miles adds only 10 minutes to the journey time. You might as well get people down to Kent on Maglev, as bugger up the Thames estuary Boris-style, with planes overflying nature reserves and pressing against coastal populations. Manston with Maglev would only be ten minutes extra travel time from St Pancras, against conventional rail to the East London estuary.
I wonder if the longer term decision to make Manston the next major transport hub has already been taken, on the quiet. KLM surely wouldn’t want to start flying to an othwerwise obscure regional airport for no reason, a place more suited for meeting incoming fighter aircraft, than for finding millions of passengers.
One day the elite will want to recreate London as a peaceful place for themselves and their families to enjoy. Getting rid of Heathrow will no doubt be part of the plan.
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