York­shire sites in the run­ning to be named Heathrow Lo­gis­tics Hub

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ELEVEN SITES across York­shire are in the run­ning to be­come one of Heathrow’s Lo­gis­tics Hubs, set to be cre­ated to sup­port its new run­way.

The air­port is cre­at­ing a to­tal of four hubs around the coun­try as part of what it says is a com­mit­ment to shake up the UK con­struc­tion in­dus­try by us­ing ex­pan­sion to rev­o­lu­tionise the way Bri­tain builds ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture.

In all, 65 po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions are be­ing mulled na­tion­ally.

The York­shire venues to have made the longlist in­cludes ones in Selby, Scun­thorpe, Thirsk, Leeds, Sh­effield as well as three in Don­caster and two in Barns­ley.

Caro­line Flint, MP for Don Val­ley, said: “The news that Don­caster has three sites as po­ten­tial Lo­gis­tics Hubs for the con­struc­tion of the new run­way at Heathrow is a huge vote of con­fi­dence in Don­caster.

“There is a big op­por­tu­nity for York­shire to play a ma­jor role in this project.”

The news comes as the UK’s big­gest air­port also con­firms that a ‘meet the buyer’ busi­ness summit will take place in Don­caster on Oc­to­ber 11, 2018.

Peter Bern­scher, Bri­tish Steel CEO, said: “Heathrow’s ex­pan­sion pro­vides many ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Bri­tish Steel and we’re keen to help the York­shire and Hum­ber re­gion play its part.

“We’re de­lighted to have been placed on the longlist and look for­ward to work­ing with Heathrow as the project de­vel­ops.”

Lord Deighton, Heathrow’s chair­man, said: “Heathrow’s third run­way will rely on tal­ent from all over Bri­tain help­ing to cre­ate a na­tional as­set for gen­er­a­tions to come. The third run­way is not a Lon­don cen­tric project – it is one we are open­ing up to the whole of the UK.”

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