Deeside in running for jobs boosting Heathrow Airport logistics hub
Representatives from Heathrow Airport visited Tata Steel in Shotton today for the first of a series of site visits to Wales as they begin the search for airport logistics hub sites.
Heathrow has committed to create the four logistic hubs to widen the supply chain and ensure the extensive build programme associated with the airport expansion is resilient, sustainable and cost effective.
The airports expansion is the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of logistics hubs which will pre-assemble components for the expansion.
[Picture TATA STEEL]
There are six sites in Wales being considered by Heathrow for a logistic hub, initially there were two sites vying for the hub. Tata Steel in Shotton and aptly named Airfields – the Northern Gateway in Sealand.
Airfields developers have recently said they do not want the site put forward as a logistics hub at this time “because of their own aspirations for the site.” A Welsh Government spokesperson told Deeside.com
Land on the site of Tata Steel in Shotton has been earned the hub, if the bid is a success Deeside will play a key part in the delivery of a proposed third runway construction, bringing jobs and economic boost to Wales.
Deeside will make it’s pitch for a hub when Chair of North Wales Growth Board Cllr Aaron Shotton, Welsh Economy Secretary Ken Skates, Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns and key regional stakeholders meet the Heathrow team led by Heathrow Expansion Programme Director Phil Wilbraham.
.@AlunCairns tells the @HeathrowAirport delegation that @UKGovWales and @WelshGovernment recognise the value of locating a logistics hub in Wales and will strive to do all theycan to ensure Wales benefits. pic.twitter.com/7bw8uDNYGi
— UK Government Wales (@UKGovWales) May 17, 2018
Bill Duckworth, Tata Steel site manager at Shotton in North Wales, said:
“Our site already produces the best building system products available and would make an ideal choice for one of the proposed Heathrow extension Logistics Hubs. This would present an ideal opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Heathrow not just as a hub, but possibly as a major supplier too.
We have the land, the road, rail and sea links to the rest of the UK required by this landmark project and – most importantly – the belief to see what this can mean for the economies of Wales.”
A logistics hub in Deeside could bring a huge boost to smaller businesses in the region, Tim Colman, Spokesman for The Federation of Small Businesses said:
“The concept of establishing Logistics Hubs across the UK will really benefit small businesses nationwide – not just those near London. For many small business owners, this will be the first opportunity to join the supply chain for such a prestigious national infrastructure project – and in many cases in the Logistics Hubs that are not far from their own working base.
“This is a win – win situation as it is widely accepted that small businesses are able to work flexibly to meet clients’ requirements, whilst offering excellent value for money.”
More about the hubs can be viewed here
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