Plans for Stansted second runway unveiled
(press release issued 9 December 2005 by BAA)
Today, BAA launches a three-month consultation on the options it has short-listed for the location of the second runway at Stansted Airport – a project called Generation 2. The consultation will provide details of BAA's preferred option, and a full comparison is made with other short-listed options.
Around 200,000 local residents are being sent details of the development plan, and MPs, together with local and regional politicians and airlines are being briefed. All are invited to take part in the consultation and to give their views on whether they think BAA has chosen the right option, on how we might improve it further, or what they consider a preferable alternative.
For the first time, since the Government published The Future of Air Transport White Paper in 2003, which set out the policy framework for a new runway at Stansted, BAA is now able to begin to share its proposals for the development project. This follows an extensive series of studies to identify the development options that in our opinion best address a range of airport, economic, environmental and other issues.
Seven different options have been identified across four runway locations: three to the south-east between the airport and the A120; and one on the opposite north-west side, some 475 metres from the existing runway. Each option is supported by a layout design of the airport development, including a terminal building, taxiways, aircraft parking and passenger facilities. Information is also given on local environmental features likely to be affected, and on noise contours. The land and building requirements for each will be contained within an expanded airport boundary
Depending on which option is chosen, the throughput of the two-runway airport will increase from 22 million passengers a year today, to between 63 million and 76 million in 2030. Subject to planning permission, the airport will be built in phases as passenger numbers grow.
Phase 1 would provide additional capacity for around 15 million passengers a year on top of the expected 35 million who will be using the airport in 2015. The Phase 1 capital cost is expected to be around £1.7 billion. Over time, subsequent phases will add additional capacity, taking Stansted to around 76 million passengers a year, costing a further £1 billion.
The cost is almost 30 per cent below the figure estimated in the Government's White Paper, and compares favourably with other major airport investment projects.
This particular consultation is the first of a number that can be expected in coming months. Apart from the consultation launched today by BAA, there will be consultations on any road and rail schemes necessary to support a two-runway development as well as on any changes that might be required in airspace design. All this will take place in advance of BAA submitting a formal planning application for the second runway development in 2007.
Terry Morgan, BAA Stansted's Managing Director, said:
"Today's announcement is a hugely significant moment in the development of Stansted as one of the EU and UK's premier airports. A second runway here will play a key role in helping UK industry compete and win in the global economy. The airport is central to the dynamic £80 billion economy of the East of England and already gives increasing numbers of business and leisure travellers access to more and more European and international destinations.
"Government policy that drives this project looks ahead 30 years at the expected growth in demand for air travel. New runway capacity is seen as essential to meet this demand, and Stansted is the choice for the first new runway in the South East. We were asked to bring forward plans for the development, and today we begin to share our ideas and plans and to ask people for their views.
"This is a project of considerable scale and complexity which is going to have significant implications for the local area, which is why we want as many people as possible to get involved in our public consultation programme.
"I hope that together, in coming months, we can achieve the right balance of interests, one that will deliver at Stansted a development that serves the best interests of the country and millions of travellers in the years to come. In doing so, we recognise the economic and social benefits we enjoy from air travel, and want them to continue, but we are mindful too of the responsibility we have to protect the environment."
Alastair McDermid, Director of the new runway development project, said:
"I am very pleased that after two years of intensive activity and preparation we are now able to begin to share the details of our preferred option, together with the others, and involve everyone in our work to help shape the future of this development.
"Today, we set out our preferred option for developing Stansted by 2030, and outline the phased approach we are taking to the development. We have worked hard on the costs, and we explain that they are very substantially lower as a result of our efforts; we publish plans that show the boundary of the new airport in which the development will be contained; we compare in some detail the pros and cons of each option; and we are open and honest about environmental effects.
"Our programme of work is on track and we are delivering on the commitment we gave in 2003, when the Government invited us to bring forward plans for a two-runway airport at Stansted.
"We believe that our preferred option is both economically attractive and environmentally sustainable, and that it represents a well balanced, realistically priced proposal that delivers a development to serve the best interests of the region, the country and millions of travellers in the future. We now look forward to hearing what others think and to taking full account of their views."
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Chairman of Grimshaw, the architects appointed to support the planning and design of the second runway project, said:
"We have been working in partnership with BAA for 18 months to evaluate the range of options for the development at Stansted. As a result of the most thorough and comprehensive process ever undertaken by BAA and Grimshaw, BAA now has a short-list of options for this major national project.
"Once BAA has chosen its masterplan, we look forward to developing a scheme that will best serve the needs of passengers and airlines, as well as all the people living in this region. We want Stansted to represent the very best that can be done in the aviation industry today."
To contact Stansted Airport press office:
Tel: 01279 680534
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Jpeg plan of BAA preferred runway option to follow under separate cover.
Outline of communication to local communities:
38,000 households in the immediate area around the airport will today receive a letter from Terry Morgan explaining the consultation process, a copy of our community newsletter, Plane Talk, and a CD of the consultation document
A further 150,000 households in the wider community will also receive a copy of Plane Talk
Around 2,700 statutory consultees, National MPs, local and regional politicians, business leaders and interest groups will be receiving letters and information
Consultation period: 9 December 2005 to 24 March 2006
Full details of consultation programme and public exhibitions available at www.stanstedairport.com/future
BAA launches consultation on ‘great value’ Stansted runway project
(press release issued 9 December 2005 by BAA)
BAA today launched a detailed consultation document on the location of the planned second runway and associated facilities at Stansted Airport.
The company also disclosed its latest estimates of the cost of the project, which show an almost 30 per cent reduction on the cost of the option shown in the Government's White Paper on Air Transport. The project, known as Stansted Generation 2, is now costed at around £2.7billion1, compared to a Government estimate of around £3.7billion for the construction of everything within the expanded airport boundary. It will deliver a two-runway Stansted, capable of handling around 76 million passengers a year by 2030.
Subject to planning permission, the additional capacity will be built in phases as passenger numbers grow. The first phase, costing approximately £1.7billion, would provide additional capacity for around 15 million passengers and includes the cost of acquiring the land, preparing it for the construction and the building of the second runway and airport facilities. This will build upon the 35 million a year capacity of the single-runway airport. Subsequent phases will cost a further £1 billion.
Mike Clasper, Chief Executive Officer, BAA Plc, said:
"We've worked very hard in the last two years to ensure that Stansted G2 will deliver great value to the UK economy, to our airlines and to people using the airport. We've also examined in great detail the environmental impacts of the project, in order to ensure that they are reduced as far as possible.
"The good news is that we've managed to reduce the costs of this project by nearly 30 per cent, compared with the Government's original estimate. This confirms our view that Stansted G2 is a very deliverable project, given BAA's track record on big construction projects like Heathrow Terminal 5.
"Now we're ready to consult with local communities, airlines and other stakeholders to test our thinking and improve our plans, prior to their submission for formal planning approval in 2007. If the planning system works as it's supposed to, and our regulator agrees a satisfactory pricing formula to remunerate our shareholders, the first phase of Stansted G2 can be operational by the end of 2013."
1 all costs quoted are in 2005 prices
Note to Editors
Today's announcement came as BAA launched a three-month consultation on the four runway location options it has short-listed for the location of the second runway and the related airport development – the Stansted Generation 2 project. The consultation document gives details of BAA's own preferred option and a full comparison with other short-listed options.
Phase 1, costing approximately £1.7billion, includes:
- The construction of a new runway 3,048 metres in length
- New parallel taxiways and cross-taxiways connecting the new runway with the existing runway
- Airfield ground lighting, markings and navigational aids
- Around 42 aircraft stands and associated piers to provide access to and from the aircraft
- A passenger terminal building, with passenger, baggage and aircraft handling facilities
- A new control tower
- Car parking - passenger terminal area, long-term, mid-term and staff
- Road connection from the M11 into the new terminal area
- Local access road diversions
- Electrical supply, gas, water and sewage services
- All landscaped areas planted, sub-surface drainage and balancing ponds, constructed to full capacity and all earthworks completed
Further phases, costing approximately £1bn in total, include:
- Further expansion of the new terminal
- Runway and airfield developments
- Additional expenditure on car parks, roads, piers and satellites
The anticipated cost of building a second runway and new terminal at Stansted compares well with other major airport investment projects. The consultation document published today shows that BAA's preferred runway option would enable Stansted to handle around 76 million passengers per annum in 2030 (from 35 million passengers on one runway) at a cost of around £2.7billion, which equates to a capital cost per passenger of £65. This compares with an estimated cost, based upon publicly available data, of £70 per passenger in the recently announced £1.5bn development at Luton Airport and £95 per passenger for the £1.4billion spent adding capacity around a second runway at Manchester Airport.
Download the document and maps at www.stanstedairport.com/future