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Explosives report must end bonkers ‘Boris Island’ plans – Huppert

May 30, 2012 11:46 AM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

The Department for Transport has published a survey of the SS Richard Montgomery, an American Liberty ship wrecked near the proposed site of the 'Boris Island' airport with 1,400 tonnes of TNT high explosive inside.

Commenting, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Transport, Julian Huppert said:

"This report shows the ship's slow deterioration is continuing with the lethal cargo still on board. This must surely put an end to the bonkers idea of building an airport in the Thames Estuary.

"Just last month the Royal Navy had to destroy a wartime mine found in the Thames Estuary because of the 'significant risk to public safety'.

"If this cargo ship was disrupted by construction the explosion would be 2000 times larger, it would blow out every window in Sheerness, and create a 16ft wave just outside the capital.

"The last time we tried to move a similar wreck it exploded. Without a credible plan to deal with this mess there's no way Boris' plans will ever get off the ground."