Birmingham Airport contractors selected for road improvement and runway extension
A £65 million project to improve the roads around Birmingham Airport was unveiled today, laying the ground for a runway extension. It was announced today that contractors VolkerFitzpatrick and Colas have been jointly appointed for both the A45 Transport Corridor Improvement and the runway extension. Work will start on the £32m road scheme in July, and it is expected to be completed by next summer, with work on the runway extension starting in June 2013. The £33m runway project is expected to be in operation by the spring of 2014.
Birmingham Airport in £65m plan to allow expansion
19th March 2012 (Birmingham Express & Star)
A £65 million project to improve the roads around Birmingham Airport was unveiled today, laying the ground for a runway extension.
The scheme will open up direct flights from the West Midlands to the West Coast of America and to China.
It was announced today that contractors VolkerFitzpatrick and Colas have been jointly appointed for both the A45 Transport Corridor Improvement and the runway extension.
Work will start on the £32m road scheme in July, and it is expected to be completed by next summer, with work on the runway extension starting in June 2013.
The £33m runway project is expected to be in operation by the spring of 2014.
By extending the runway by 405 metres, to 3,000 metres, it will allow planes to travel longer distances and provide direct links to the Far East and West Coast of the United States for the first time.
In addition, the airport is investing £13m in a new air traffic control tower and radar system, which will be operational in 2013, and £9m in a resurfacing of the runway.
John Morris, head of industry and government affairs for Birmingham Airport, said: “By meeting local demand, the airport will reduce unnecessary long-distance surface journeys to other UK airports and generate sustainable long-term economic growth inside its own local area.”
The A45 Transport Corridor Improvement Scheme will improve the A45 Coventry Road between Damson Parkway and M42 Junction 6. It is intended to reduce congestion, improve safety and accessibility.
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Birmingham Airport runway extension gets final green light
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Work on Birmingham Airport’s long-awaited runway extension may start in summer
January 30, 2012 £100 million contract to build Birmingham Airport’s long-awaited runway extension and carry out major improvements to the A45 is expected to be approved within weeks. The airport and Birmingham City Council have shortlisted 4 construction companies for the work. The successful bidder is likely to be announced by March, with work likely to begin in the summer. The project claims it will bring jobs, boost the regional economy etc etc but has proved controversial with environmental groups including Friends of the Earth questioning the value of increasing the number of flights. FoE has been critical of the funding arrangements, with £26 million towards the £32 million cost of diverting the A45 coming from the public purse. Work to the A45 and the runway extension is expected to be completed by 2014. Click here to view full story…
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Birmingham airport aspiration to be a major air transport hub
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Birmingham Airport runway extension expected to be ready by 2014
20th April 2011 The airport agreed this week, when its board met, to go out to tender for its runway extension and is confident the £65 million project will be started in 2012 and completed by the end of 2014. It hopes to then be able to offer non-stop flights to China, India and the west coast of America. Chris Crean, from West Midlands FoE said the airport is only going to pay a paltry £7 million and should pay more. ”The only reason the A45 needs realigning is to enable the runway extension to proceed.” Click here to view full story…
Key meeting over Birmingham Airport runway now the A45 money is secured
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More State aid for under-taxed aviation industry as Birmingham Airport to benefit from £15.7 million for A45 upgrading
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