A West of England bid to host a logistics hub in the region to serve Heathrow Airport’s expansion plans took a step forward today.
From an initial 121 applications, 65 potential sites have been longlisted, Heathrow has revealed. Two of these sites are in the West of England region.
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “It’s great to hear that our regional bid has reached the next stage. A hub would deliver hundreds of new jobs in the Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area.
“I am confident that we are well-placed to deliver on this project because we have the right connections, skills and expertise. The West of England has an admirable track record of successfully delivering supply chains for a number of major UK infrastructure projects, including playing a pivotal role in high profile programmes including Hinkley and Crossrail.
“The sites we have put forward are well-connected by road and freight links, and the Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area is also served by Bristol Port. Our region is at the forefront of innovation, with access to a strong tech-based supply chain and we have the ambition and the skills to make an invaluable contribution to this development.”
Heathrow is looking for four logistics hubs in the UK to pre-assemble components for the airport’s expansion. The components would then be delivered to site, making the £16bn project more affordable and spreading investment outside the South East.
The West of England bid was made by Invest Bristol & Bath, the investment promotion agency for the Bristol and Bath region, part of the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.