Heathrow's 'transformational' opportunity for Scunthorpe industry made it a yes - MP

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 26 Jun 2018

Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin said his constituency could see “transformational” investment and opportunity should it land a logistics hub as part of the Heathrow expansion.

He was one of 119 Labour members to back it, well aware of the potential windfall for British Steel and associated companies. Humber colleagues Melanie Onn and Diana Johnson also voted in favour, joining all Conservative MPs.

As reported, 700 jobs could be created with a legacy of skills and infrastructure, should Heathrow opt for a North Lincolnshire hub. There is also the demand for steel in the build-out, with bosses confident Scunthorpe could meet half the anticipated 370,000 tonne demand.

Speaking to Humberbusiness.com, Mr Dakin said: “I voted for the expansion, I think, personally, there are things for Heathrow still to address in terms of environmental legislation and they need to keep working heard on that and we have an obligation to keep them working hard on it, but it is our hub airport, it is the airport that connects best with the north on England.

“It is a private sector business that has said right from the start it will use British steel in procurement and it has a track record of that. It is a track record of commitment to do it and it is good for our steel-makers like British Steel. If the long listing for the logistics hub for Heathrow development takes off, it would be transformational for the Scunthorpe area, so it is quite proper British Steel gets excited about it

“There is still a long way to go, there will be legal challenges I am sure, but at least we have the plane on the runway.” 

Opposition came from fellow Humber ‘red’ Karl Turner (Hull North), who is Shadow Transport Minister, and spoke as the debate reached a climax.

It was to no avail though, as a majority of nearly 300 steered the first step for the £14 billion investment through. 

Today Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has formally designated the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS), paving the way for Heathrow to submit a formal planning application.

This means a group of councils and campaigners have six weeks to submit a legal challenge to block the project.

Mr Grayling said: “This marks a critical step towards ensuring future generations have the international connections we need, as well as strengthening the links between all parts of the UK and our global hub.

“I have always been clear that this issue goes beyond party politics and this result demonstrates the clear desire to get on with delivering this vital scheme.

“There is still much to be done, including defending this decision against potential legal challenges, but we are absolutely committed to working closely with local communities and ensuring Heathrow stick to their promises on addressing the local and environmental impacts of expansion.”

Following today’s (Tuesday, June 26) designation of the NPS, Heathrow will submit detailed planning to the Planning Inspectorate.

This will involve the airport conducting a further consultation with affected communities on the finer details of their scheme and the associated compensation packages and mitigation measures.

The Department for Transport said Heathrow will keep Mr Grayling updated with its progress over how it will meet commitments to the environment, communities, domestic connectivity and building a new runway in a timely and cost effective manner.

Construction could begin in 2021, and the third runway operational by 2026. A shortlisting of the logistics hub long list is not anticipated in the immediate future. 

Now that Parliament has approved a third runway at Heathrow, what happens next? Here are some of the questions being asked.

Can construction start straight away?

No, the airport still needs to publish detailed expansion plans, which will be subject to a public consultation and a planning inquiry.

It hopes to receive final planning permission and begin construction in 2021.

Could anything else stop it going ahead?

A judicial review is being launched by four London councils – Wandsworth, Richmond, Hillingdon and Hammersmith & Fulham – in partnership with Greenpeace and Mayor Sadiq Khan, which could potentially delay or even derail the project.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that a Labour government would reconsider the question of airport capacity in the South East and could halt Heathrow expansion if the project has not already gone too far to be stopped.

How much will the new runway cost?

Heathrow has indicated its plan will cost £14 billion. The Department for Transport says that the scheme will be privately financed and costs will not fall on the taxpayer.
Airlines have expressed concern that the bill will be passed on to passengers in the form of higher landing charges. But Heathrow insists fees will remain “close to today’s levels”.

When will the runway open?

If all goes to plan, planes could begin using the new runway by 2026, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said.

How many more flights will be possible with the new runway?

When fully operational, the new runway is expected to increase annual flight numbers from around 475,000 at present to about 740,000. Numbers of passengers are expected to rise from 76 million to 130 million a year.

How will it affect the economy more widely?

The Department for Transport says the new runway will provide benefits of up to £74 billion to passengers and the wider economy and create tens of thousands of local jobs.

Will local people be compensated for the disruption caused by construction works and increased activity at the airport?

Up to £2.6 billion has been set aside for compensation, noise insulation and community amenities, which could include improvements to parks and leisure facilities. There will be noise restrictions and a ban on flights during a six-and-a-half hour period every night, which will be legally enforceable.

Will transport links to the airport be affected?

Local road improvements are included as part of the Heathrow scheme. But there is controversy over the funding of enhanced rail links to the airport and tunnelling under the M25 London orbital motorway. The new Crossrail train line will link Heathrow to central London and there are plans for improved underground services.
The Government has said a new rail line linking Heathrow to the south would be privately funded. Proposals for a spur line to link the airport to the new HS2 high-speed line to the Midlands and North have been put on hold.

Where will the new flights go to?

This is yet to be decided. The Government has made great play of the opportunity to open up long-haul links to new destinations in emerging economies such as China.
The Department for Transport says there will also be more flights around the UK from Heathrow, meaning better connections for Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North and the South West to new global markets via London. However, Cleethorpes and Immingham MP has said that Humberside’s ‘hub’ will remain Schipol, Amsterdam, with three daily KLM flights making the 45 minute hop.

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