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Seaports in the running for airport bid

[ April 1, 2019   //   ]

Heathrow has announced 18 potential logistics hub sites to support the construction of a third runway, including three supported by Associated British Ports (ABP).

The ABP shortlist, whittled down from 65 initial locations include ABP’s Port of Cardiff, the Ayrshire Logistics Hub in Scotland and British Steel’s Briggs Road site in Scunthorpe.

ABP director South Wales, Matthew Kennerley, said: “ABP’s Port of Cardiff is well-located and well-connected, offering customers robust and efficient supply chain solutions capable of supporting major infrastructure projects and other business needs.”

Commenting on the selection of the British Steel site, regional director of ABP Humber Simon Bird, said: “Our Humber ports benefit from the region’s superb transport links, including the direct rail link between our Immingham operations and British Steel in Scunthorpe, which would provide a first-class route from ports around the world into the hub and the rest of the UK.”

The Ayrshire Logistics Hub is a partnership between ABP, Glasgow Prestwick Airport and South Ayrshire Council, and will preassemble components offsite before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow as required.

The next stage of the selection process will take place this autumn and will see backers of the shortlisted sites compete to become one of the final four construction centres, with the winners being announced next year, ahead of work starting in 2021.