Bimingham airport to get subsidy out of public funds for its runway
invitations to tender for the runway extension and road diversion – about £70
million. It seems Birmingham and other councils will pay for the road, and the
airport for the runway extension. But the councils are majority shareholders in
the airport. There is also a pledge of £15.7m from the Regional Growth Fund. So
while severe spending cuts are being made, the public has to fund airport growth.
Subsidy to Birmingham airport
tender for both the runway extension and road diversion, which could cost around
£70 million. It appears that Birmingham and adjacent councils will pay for the
road diversion while the airport will pay for the runway extension. But the councils
are majority shareholders in the airport. There is also a pledge of £15.7m from the
Regional Growth Fund.
is remarkable that with all the cuts being imposed on councils and on central
government departments and the resulting cut to public services, money can be
found to subsidise airport growth.
provided for airports should be paid for by the airport operator, not the taxpayer.
Tenders issued for £70m runway extension and A45 diversion
of the A45 dual carriageway adjacent to the airport are set to cost around £70m.
tenders for the projects estimating the work could cost between £56m and £70m.
or a single mega-contract for both. The combined contract may be more preferable
as it would produce greater savings.
adjacent to Birmingham Airport. The new road will include an upgraded carriageway
and facilities for the future accommodation of public transportation infrastructure.
runway by approximately 400 metres. An extension to Birmingham Airport’s runway
is considered to be a significant element of the airport’s future development.
and routes which can be served directly from Birmingham Airport.
of destinations and directly served routes to support the regional and local economy.”
include the diversion of the main carriageway, new drainage and a new pumping
station, watercourse diversions, new safety barriers and traffic signs, new lighting
columns and landscaping. The runway extension works are scheduled to begin in
June 2013 – five years late.
start of the London Olympics. However, the recession and protracted opposition
to the scheme combined to delay the project.
runway and taxiway pavements, the overlay of the existing airfield pavements,
the installation of new ground lighting, a new airfield sub-station, a new airfield
perimeter road, a pumping station and a pollution control system and various landscaping.
the interfaces and the co-ordination of activities associated with the delivery
of the entire project.”
award the contact. The combined works are expected to be completed by the end
earlier this year when the Government pledged £15.7m from its Regional Growth
Fund – one of the first RGF settlements to be announced – to complete the funding
direct flights to China and the West Coast of the United States within reach of
Birmingham commuters and businesses.
will also be better positioned to relieve capacity over Heathrow and the south
Taxpayer subsidy for Birmingham airport
subsidies for aviation.
payers’ pockets time and time again. .. The aviation sector pays no tax on its
fuel and no VAT on the sales of tickets and planes .. what is worrying about these
bids is that they have been made in secret .. We would like to see just exactly
what predictions the Chamber along with their partners the airport have said in
these bids ..”.