Doncaster Sheffield Airport is has announced that it has been recognised as a prospective site for Heathrow Airport’s expansion scheme as a key Logistics Hub in the North. The 1,600-acre Aero Centre Yorkshire site boasts a unique proposition in the vast amount of land available in comparison to many other airports in the UK.
Following the construction of the £56m Great Yorkshire Way link road, there is improved access to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, with over 6 million people within a 60-minute journey radius. Motorway links via the A1(M) and M18 provide a direct road link to Heathrow, along with the North of England and Scotland, making Aero Centre Yorkshire a viable site for the project. The airport is also aiming to achieve rail connectivity from the East Coast Mainline in the near future, providing a potential direct rail link to the airport for Logistics Hub users and passengers.
The 20-year masterplan for Aero Centre Yorkshire ensures a future-proofed site with a focus on creating jobs through a range of commercial developments. The addition of a Heathrow Logistics Hub would further promote the region’s status as a thriving part of the UK with plenty of opportunity for investment and growth.
Steve Gill, chief executive at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “Aero Centre Yorkshire is not only a unique proposition for the region, it is also a natural fit for the Heathrow Logistics hub. With excellent road links already in place and plans to implement a dedicated airport station which would connect the East Coast Mainline directly to site, we feel confident that our proposal suits Heathrow’s requirements.
“We are proud to be a part of the Sheffield City Region, an area which is recognised world-wide for its expertise in high precision engineering and thriving manufacturing supply chain, and this is a large part of our offering. The combination of Aero Centre Yorkshire’s capacity and a skilled regional workforce would make for an excellent logistics hub for the UK’s biggest airport.
“The inclusion of such a project into the ever expanding vision of Doncaster Sheffield Airport would provide a further facilitator for economic growth which would be felt across the Sheffield City Region. We are excited to participate in the next stage of the process.”
The next stage of the shortlisting process will begin in January 2018.