8 APRIL 2019
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Eighteen shortlisted sites in the running to help to deliver Britain’s new runway have been announced by Heathrow. The airport says the sites are “the key to unlocking the nationwide benefits the expansion will bring”.
The shortlisted places vary in size, location and age with Scotland’s largest airport and one of Wales’ main ports featured; and also Britain’s largest steelworks firm, a former Michelin site which at its peak was one of the company’s main manufacturing plants.
Heathrow says the sites have made it to this stage as they have showcased a strong base of local support, their area’s thriving supply chain, convenient connectivity links and the potential to tap into a skilled workforce.
Each of the18 names on the shortlist will be invited in the autumn to pitch to airport bosses for the chance to become one of the final four construction centres. These will be announced early next year, ahead of work starting in 2021.
The chosen four will become construction centres that will help to deliver Britain’s new runway, bringing jobs and economic opportunities around the country as Heathrow looks to construct as much of the expanded airport as possible offsite.
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