Logistics in South Yorkshire could become a Heathrow Hub

Seven sites across South Yorkshire are in the running to become one of Heathrow’s four Logistics Hubs.

The hubs, which will be created across the country to support its new runways are part of a commitment to shake-up the UK construction industry.

In all 65 potential locations are being mulled nationally and South Yorkshire has seven sites on the long list. The proposed South Yorkshire sites are: • Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Aero Centre Yorkshire • Sheffield City Region, 31 East • Sheffield City Region, Ashroyd Business Park • Sheffield City Region, Enterprise 36 • Sheffield City Region, Former Maltby Colliery • Sheffield City Region, iPort • Sheffield City Region, J5M16Unity

Heathrow Hub Dan Fell, chief executive of Doncaster Chamber of Commerce said: “It is fantastic news that sites in Doncaster and the Sheffield City Region have been long listed to become logistics and construction hubs to support expansions at Heathrow.

“In our region we have the connectivity, skills and businesses necessary to help deliver nationally significant infrastructure projects such as this one. The Chamber has, for a long time, supported expansion at Heathrow but on the proviso that the project serves to support the whole of the UK’s economy not just the South East. Basing one of Heathrow’s Logistics and Construction Hubs in the Sheffield City Region would be a great demonstration of the airport’s commitment to supporting growth in the North of England.”

The news comes as a huge boost to the Sheffield City Region’s membership group, Logistics Hub UK (LHUK), who are committed to the development of the region as one of the UK’s leading logistic, warehousing and distribution sites.

Amy Symons, project manager for LHUK, said: “Seeing South Yorkshire so well represented on the long list is great news and is a real boost for our members. “We are dedicated to working together to show just what this region can deliver and will be discussing opportunities and ways to build on this at our next event on December 6.” For further information about LHUK or to attend the next meeting visit www.logisticshubuk.com

10 November 2017

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