Pic­tured (l-r): Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, John Holdi­ch, Lead­er of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, Emma Gilthorpe, Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Expan­sion at Heath­row, May­or James Palmer, Cam­bridge­shire & Peter­bor­ough Com­bined Author­ity, Cllr Peter Hiller, Port­fo­lio Hold­er for Growth, Plan­ning, Hous­ing and Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

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  • Today (6 June 2018), May­or James Palmer and rep­res­ent­at­ives of Heath­row Air­port, will be hos­ted by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough at the Rox­hill Peter­bor­ough Gate­way site
  • The Peter­bor­ough site is one of two from the East of England in the run­ning to help deliv­er expan­sion
  • Heath­row expan­sion is set to cre­ate up to 12,900 new jobs and gen­er­ate up to £15 bil­lion of eco­nom­ic bene­fits across the East of England

On Fri­day (6 July), Emma Gilthorpe, Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Expan­sion at Heath­row will be joined by May­or of Cam­bridge­shire and Peter­bor­ough, James Palmer, as she vis­its the Rox­hill Scheme at Gate­way Peter­bor­ough. The site is one of the two long­listed sites in the East of England. The vis­it is part of a nation­wide tour of 65 sites still in the run­ning to be off­s­ite con­struc­tion centres for Heath­row expan­sion.

Four sites across the UK will even­tu­ally be selec­ted as Heath­row logist­ics hubs. The sites will be used to pre-assemble com­pon­ents of an expan­ded Heath­row before trans­port­ing them in con­sol­id­ated loads to the air­port. Logist­ics Hubs are essen­tial in ensur­ing Heath­row expan­sion deliv­ers for the whole coun­try by spread­ing jobs, boost­ing pro­ductiv­ity and mod­ern­ising the con­struc­tion industry out­side of Lon­don and the South East.

This will be the first time rep­res­ent­at­ives from the UK’s only hub air­port have returned to East Anglia since an over­whelm­ing major­ity of MPs speak­ing on behalf of con­stitu­en­cies across the UK, aligned to dif­fer­ent parties voted to sup­port expan­sion. These sites are bid­ding to poten­tially become off-site con­struc­tion centres, giv­ing the East of England the oppor­tun­ity to help deliv­er Britain’s new run­way.

In March, Heath­row CEO John Hol­land-Kaye was joined by Brandon Lewis MP for Great Yar­mouth for vis­ited Peel Ports Great Yar­mouth. Dur­ing the vis­its, the pro­spect­ive bid­ders have the oppor­tun­ity to show­case the unique strengths of their sites.

Heath­row expan­sion is set to cre­ate up to 12,900 new jobs and deliv­er up to £15 bil­lion worth of eco­nom­ic growth for the East of England. In addi­tion to the jobs boost from the poten­tial logist­ics hub, Cross­rail ser­vices are set to reduce jour­ney times from Shen­field to Heath­row.

Last week’s par­lia­ment­ary vote on the Air­ports Nation­al Poli­cy State­ment has cleared the way for Heath­row expan­sion to become Gov­ern­ment poli­cy, mark­ing the end of the debate on the new run­way and grant­ing per­mis­sion for the project’s deliv­ery. These con­tin­ued site vis­its are just one of the ways that Heath­row is work­ing to kick start the deliv­ery of one of the UK’s largest infra­struc­ture pro­jects.

 

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Expan­sion, said:

We’re thrilled to be back in the East of England fol­low­ing the over­whelm­ing back­ing Par­lia­ment gave Heath­row expan­sion last week. It is bril­liant to see, first-hand, the poten­tial role the region could play in deliv­er­ing Britain’s new run­way.

These hubs will ensure an expan­ded Heath­row deliv­ers for all of Bri­tain, trans­form­ing con­struc­tion across the UK and cre­at­ing a skills leg­acy for future gen­er­a­tions. When chosen, the final four sites will kick start the job cre­ation and eco­nom­ic bene­fits that expan­sion will bring. We are look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the team at Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and see­ing what the site in Peter­bor­ough has to offer.”

 

James Palmer, May­or of Cam­bridge­shire and Peter­bor­ough, said:

Heath­row expan­sion is an oppor­tun­ity to boost pro­ductiv­ity and equip Brit­ish work­ers with new skills. The bil­lions of pounds of private invest­ment to fund expan­sion will deliv­er massive bene­fits all over the UK before the new run­way is even oper­a­tion­al. I am delighted that Heath­row has long­listed a site in Peter­bor­ough and we’re keen to demon­strate why our area with its thriv­ing sup­ply chain should play a part in the con­struc­tion of one of the country’s most cru­cial infra­struc­ture pro­jects.”

 

Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, Steve Bow­yer, said:

We’re delighted to be host­ing the team from Heath­row today to show­case why Peter­bor­ough would make the per­fect loc­a­tion for a logist­ics hub. As a for­ward-think­ing, future city, Peter­bor­ough has excel­lent trans­port links, gig­abit speed inter­net con­nectiv­ity and a host of suc­cess­ful world-class busi­nesses oper­at­ing across all sec­tors – par­tic­u­larly man­u­fac­tur­ing and engin­eer­ing. Add to that our fant­ast­ic tal­ent pool of skilled work­ers and our ever grow­ing Uni­ver­sity offer, and the city’s case for being a logist­ics hub loc­a­tion is very com­pel­ling indeed.

Peter­bor­ough has a strong track-record of secur­ing new invest­ment; in fact just this week the Con­struc­tion Industry Train­ing Board (CITB) has con­firmed the city is its pre­ferred loc­a­tion for its new head office. Secur­ing a Heath­row logist­ics hub would be a huge boost to the loc­al eco­nomy and test­a­ment to the city’s long­stand­ing repu­ta­tion as thriv­ing busi­ness des­tin­a­tion.”

 

Sites in the East of England long­listed for Heathrow’s Logist­ics Hubs: 

 

Pro­moter  Site Name  Site Loc­a­tion 
Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough  Rox­hill Scheme At Gate­way  Peter­bor­ough 
Peel Ports Group  Peel Ports Great Yar­mouth  Great Yar­mouth 

 

For more inform­a­tion vis­it: https://your.heathrow.com/takingbritainfurther/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Heathrow_Logistics_Brochure_25.04.17.pdf