Scunthorpe's British Steel site could be chosen to help with Heathrow expansion

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Nov 2017

British Steel’s Scunthorpe site has been named on a longlist of potential locations for logistics hubs to help Heathrow deliver its expansion plan.

Heathrow has revealed the 65 sites in the running to be selected as logistics hubs, which will help ensure businesses across the UK can form part of the airport’s supply chain as it builds a third runway.

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The potential sites have been chosen from an initial 121 applications. Once finalised, the final four selected locations will pre-assemble components of the expanded airport before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow, playing a key role in supporting the expansion’s efficient delivery.

Peter Bernscher, British Steel chief executive, said: “Heathrow’s expansion provides many exciting opportunities for British Steel and we’re keen to help the Yorkshire and Humber region play its part.

“We’re delighted to have been placed on the longlist and look forward to working with Heathrow as the project develops.”

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British Steel’s bid is one of 11 in the Yorkshire and Humber region to make the longlist. The company has also supported a bid by the Tees Valley Combined Authority and that application has also made it to the final 65.

Lord Deighton, Heathrow’s chairman, said: “Heathrow’s third runway will rely on talent from all over Britain helping to create a national asset for generations to come. This means new procurement opportunities for businesses in every region, helping drive growth and investment into local communities in all corners of this country.

A map of the logistics hub

“The third runway is not a London centric project – it is one we are opening up to the whole of the UK, asking for its skills and expertise to help build an asset this country so desperately needs to safeguard its future prosperity.”

The successful four bids will be called upon to help build Heathrow's third runway; one of Britain's most critical and largest, privately funded infrastructure projects.

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Another milestone in the delivery of Heathrow’s expansion, the unveiling of the longlist follows a commitment made by the airport to revolutionise the way Britain builds major infrastructure.

Heathrow’s expansion is the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of logistics hubs for the third runway which will lead to jobs created in every corner of the UK.

The Logistics Hubs also tie directly into Heathrow’s commitments on sustainability, by reducing emissions through transporting assembled components to site in fewer lorries. This approach will help deliver expansion faster, more affordably and will minimise impact on local communities.

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