British Logistics Hubs in Bid for Heathrow Project
Heathrow Airport, in London, UK, has announced that 18 locations around the country have been shortlisted to become logistics hubs, supporting the construction of its third runway.
Included in the list are three projects backed by Associated British Ports (ABP): the Port of Cardiff, the Ayrshire Logistics Hub in Scotland and British Steel’s Briggs Road site in Scunthorpe.
With a network of 21 ports in various locations, all of which are connected by efficient road and rail links, ABP has emphasized that it is in “a unique position to support major nationwide infrastructure projects”.
Matthew Kennerley, ABP Director South Wales, 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.”
Simon Bird, Regional Director of ABP Humber, commented on the selection of the Briggs Road site.
“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 Port of Cardiff (Credit: Associated British Ports)
The Ayrshire Logistics Hub, a joint venture between ABP, Glasgow Prestwick Airport and South Ayrshire Council, has revealed that it plans to support the third runaway by pre-assembling components offsite and transporting them in “consolidated loads”.
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 in Autumn 2019, before the final logistics hubs are chosen next year ahead of the 2021 construction start date.