09 Feb 2018

Heathrow to visit British Steel as airport expansion gathers pace

Heathrow today announced it will soon be visiting British Steel in Scunthorpe after it was named as a potential location for one of the airport’s logistics hubs.

The company’s Scunthorpe headquarters was last year named on a list of sixty-five sites in the running to be selected as hubs, which will help ensure businesses across the UK can form part of the airport’s supply chain as it builds a third runway.

Once finalised, the final four selected locations will pre-assemble components of the expanded airport before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow, playing a key role in supporting the expansion’s efficient delivery.

As part of the selection process, the Heathrow team will be visiting all 65 locations – including British Steel’s site on Brigg Road, Scunthorpe. They’ll also visit Teesside where another bid, submitted by Tees Valley Combined Authority and supported by us, has made the longlist.

The visits were starting in Yorkshire today and Paul Martin, British Steel Deputy CEO, said: “As one of the longlisted sites, we welcome today’s launch as the next step in Heathrow expansion and the opportunity to transform the UK construction industry. We believe British Steel in Scunthorpe represents an ideal location for one of Heathrow’s Logistics Hubs and look forward to welcoming Heathrow to visit our site later this year.

“Heathrow expansion is a truly national project that will benefit every region by spreading jobs, boosting productivity and modernising the construction industry outside of London and the South East. A Logistics Hub in North Lincolnshire would bring huge benefits to people and businesses in the Yorkshire and Humber region, creating jobs and supply chain opportunities and leaving a skills legacy for future generations.”