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West of England Mayor hosts Heathrow Airport visit

Representatives from Heathrow Airport will be in the region today to meet West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, as they visit sites in Bristol and South Gloucestershire which are in the running to be off-site construction centres for Heathrow expansion.

The West of England put in a bid to host a logistics hub to help deliver Heathrow Airport’s expansion last year, and two sites have been longlisted: Crowley Way, Avonmouth and Horizon 38, Filton Enterprise Area.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “I’m looking forward to meeting the team from Heathrow and explaining to them why the West of England is the right place for a new hub, which would lead to hundreds of new jobs.

“We have the right connections, skills and expertise, as well as a strong track record of successfully delivering supply chains for a number of major UK infrastructure projects, including playing a key role in high profile programmes including Hinkley and Crossrail. The two sites being considered are well-connected by road and freight links, as well as 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.”

Matthew Riddle, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council said: “I am delighted that Heathrow Airport are considering the West of England and particularly that they are coming to visit the Horizon 38 site.

“The site lies in the heart of the Filton Enterprise Area which is already a nerve-centre for the aerospace sector and offers brand new logistics space with great connectivity.”

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.

Heathrow is looking for four logistics hubs in the UK to pre-assemble components for the airport’s planned expansion. The components would then be delivered to site, making the £16bn project more affordable and spreading investment outside the South East.

From an initial 121 applications, 65 potential sites have been longlisted.

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