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.
The potential sites have been chosen from 121 initial applications. The final four selected locations will pre-assemble components for the expanded airport before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow, playing a key role in supporting the expansion’s efficient delivery.
British Steel CEO Peter Bernscher, 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.”
British Steel’s bid is one of 11 in the Yorkshire and Humber region to make the list. 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.
“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 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 the impact on local communities.