ABP ports on course to support Heathrow expansion
April 1, 2019
Caption: The Port of Cardiff is one of final 18 potential Logistics Hubs to support Heathrow expansion
Heathrow has announced that 18 sites across the UK have been shortlisted as potential locations for Logistics Hubs to support the construction of a third runway, including three projects supported by Associated British Ports (ABP).
ABP has worked closely with regional partners on the proposals for three of the potential hubs, which have been selected from a long list of 65 locations and include ABP’s Port of Cardiff, the Ayrshire Logistics Hub in Scotland and British Steel’s Briggs Road site in Scunthorpe.
Thanks to the excellent connectivity of its network of 21 ports, which offer efficient road and rail links to destinations around the UK, ABP is in a unique position to support major nationwide infrastructure projects such as Heathrow’s third runway, while at the same time also fuelling the growth of the UK’s construction sector.
Matthew Kennerley, ABP Director South Wales, said: “Myself and the team are delighted to have been shortlisted. 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 involves a partnership between ABP, Glasgow Prestwick Airport and South Ayrshire Council, and will support the third runway by pre-assembling components offsite before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow as required.
Speaking about the success of the Ayrshire Logistics hub in securing a space on the shortlist, Stuart Cresswell, ABP's Port Manager at Ayr, said: “ABP’s Ports of Ayr and Troon are committed to supporting the project led by Prestwick Airport and South Ayrshire Council. Our location and infrastructure provides a range of air, rail, and sea options to any project and opportunities for close working relationships with local business. It is truly a vibrant community which would welcome and embrace the opportunity to become the Ayrshire logistics hub.”
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.