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Daily News Update Tuesday 25 March: Gatwick steps up campaign for extra runway

This morning’s news saw Gatwick Airport shift gear in its efforts to secure the green light for its plan to build a second runway.

Gatwick Airport and famed architect and planner Sir Terry Farrell have unveiled their masterplan for development of a second runway alongside a new transport hub.

The airport is aiming to position itself as a major transport interchange for the South East as well as an enhanced airport for direct and European low cost flights.

It is also hoping that its submission to the Davies Airports Commission, which shortlisted the scheme for expansion alongside two options for new runways at Heathrow, will prove that the scheme has greater certainty and less risk than Heathrow because the required land is safeguarded for development.

More to follow online…


Siemens is to inject £160M in wind turbine production and installation facilities in Yorkshire.

The investment will be spread across two sites comprising the previously announced Green Port Hull project construction, assembly and service facility and a new rotor blade manufacturing facility in nearby Paull, in East Riding.

Siemens’ investment sits alongside £150M from its port partner Associated British Ports, which is going toward the Green Port Hull development.

The combined investment is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs directly, with additional jobs during construction and indirectly in the supply chain.


A Balfour Beatty joint venture has won a station construction contract in Singapore worth $S210M (£100M).

The Singapore Land Transport Authority awarded Gammon Construction, a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Jardine Matheson, construction of Havelock Station for the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system.

Work is due to start in the first quarter of 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

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