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Old February 8th, 2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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Birmingham Airport (BHX) - Runway ( 33/15 ) Extension

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Old February 8th, 2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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Old February 8th, 2013, 08:09 PM   #3
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Old February 9th, 2013, 01:59 PM   #4
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Great stuff!! The Clock pub and petrol station have all gone now. I also noticed how the new curved road dives downwards so much.
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Old February 9th, 2013, 07:13 PM   #5
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The video is excellent, didn't realise the road would come out so much!

I'm I correct in thinking I have seen that the road will be 'tunnel proof' so another Runway can be added in the future?
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Old February 9th, 2013, 11:51 PM   #6
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The video is excellent, didn't realise the road would come out so much!

I'm I correct in thinking I have seen that the road will be 'tunnel proof' so another Runway can be added in the future?
It seems so looking at the old scraped proposals with the second runway!

Here is an article which marks the start of the runway extension:

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Work Starts on Birmingham Airport's Runway Extension
28 November 2012

Birmingham Airport has officially marked the start of its runway extension development, which will see the existing runway length increase to 3,003 metres and give aircraft unlimited range from the Midlands.

By extending the existing runway by 405 metres, aircraft will be able to take off from Birmingham with more fuel and fly direct to destinations currently out of reach, such as China, South America, South Africa and the West Coast of the USA.

The development, opening in early 2014, will generate spare long haul capacity in the region and help to take cars off the road, saving thousands of unnecessary surface journeys each year.

Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s CEO, explained, “The strong economic profile of the Midlands means that businesses are crying out for direct connectivity from their local airport so it makes no sense that 3.3 million passengers from the West Midlands last year flew from airports in the South East, adding congestion on the roads and at Heathrow, which is already 99.2% full.

“Redirecting this traffic back to the Midlands would release high value, long-haul capacity at London airports and boost the UK’s trading potential.

“We have plenty of spare capacity at Birmingham now. Our passenger numbers could double from the current nine million a year to eighteen million today, and the runway extension will allow us to increase beyond thirty six million in future years.

“Our passenger growth could create in excess of 243,000 jobs in the region according to a new report by the West Midlands Economic Forum. Making greater use of the spare capacity at airports across the country will help generate sustainable long-term economic growth and help to rebalance the UK economy.”

With the runway extension opening up so many new long-haul route opportunities from Birmingham, the Airport is actively talking to existing and new airlines to explore new markets and routes from the Midlands. A new team of route development experts and a trade sales team have been employed by the company to ensure that the Airport is represented globally at key trade events and meetings, and it is working with local brands such as MG Motors and JLR to help develop relationships with key overseas markets.

The Company has also been lobbying the UK government to assign ‘National Airport’ status to key gateways to UK markets. For instance, Birmingham, as a National Airport, would be recognised as the gateway at the heart of UK manufacturing.

Such an endorsement would help the Airport to encourage new routes, by demonstrating Government’s commitment to the whole of the UK’s long-term aviation strategy.

On behalf of government, an independent commission has been tasked with reviewing all options for future UK airport capacity. The utilisation of spare capacity which is available immediately at regional airports such as Birmingham, is regarded by many not only as a pragmatic solution, but as a way of encouraging greater growth and resilience in the UK economy.

The runway extension will be wholly funded by the Airport Company at a cost of £33 million. In addition, the Airport is making a further investment of £13 million for the construction of a new air traffic control tower and radar system, which will be operational in early 2013, plus £9m on resurfacing the entire runway.

A dedicated website about the runway extension scheme is available at www.hellomoreworld.co.uk
http://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/m...extension.aspx

and the Birmingham Airport Runway Extension Hello More World video..



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Birmingham Airport's runway extension is scheduled for completion in spring 2014. Here are some of the key dates we’ll be hitting along the way.
• Autumn 2012: Start date for airfield construction works
• Autumn 2013: Airfield construction works complete; resurfacing begins
• Spring 2014: Resurfacing complete
• Spring 2014: Full commissioning and flight testing
• Spring 2014:Runway operational

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Old February 10th, 2013, 08:27 PM   #7
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Am I right in thinking it is only Emirates who have the contract on the Runway to bring the big ones in? Was told that by an Emirates chauffeur a few weeks ago. He said they partly funded for the runway extension in exchange for a contract meaning only they could use the full extent of the runway (bar military) for the next 3 years, allowing them to gain a strong market share.

Could just be bollocks though.
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Old February 10th, 2013, 08:42 PM   #8
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I doubt that very much, sounds like complete bollocks to me. All the publicity surrounding the extension has been about exciting new long haul routes, which if your source was correct they wouldn't be able to attract with Emirates holding a monopoly on runway capability.... BHX would be suicidal to commit to such a plan, they need quick results.
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Old February 10th, 2013, 09:59 PM   #9
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Couple of pictures from the top end by the now demolished Clock Pub


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Extension 002 by rn750, on Flickr

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Extension 001 by rn750, on Flickr

They show the sweep of the road round to the right
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Just looking at that image from above showing the new A45 diversion alignment making that ridiculous detour to avoid burrowing under the runway...just what was it that stopped them (Highways Agency) coming up with the more practical solution (as employed elsewhere in some other cities in the UK) of sinking the road into a cutting and then into a short tunnel beneath the extension instead?

They always seem to do things (road, rail etc) on the bloody cheap here in the Birmingham area don't they?


Okay ****ers - flame me again why don't you?
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Old February 12th, 2013, 10:26 PM   #11
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Personally I don't see the excitement of having a tunnel, what's the problem with a bendy road?

Bear in mind that the tunnel would have to be quite long to accommodate the parallel taxiway that will be running alongside the runway too plus takes the loads of a heavy aircraft touching down virtually on top of it.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 10:42 PM   #12
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Am I right in thinking it is only Emirates who have the contract on the Runway to bring the big ones in? Was told that by an Emirates chauffeur a few weeks ago. He said they partly funded for the runway extension in exchange for a contract meaning only they could use the full extent of the runway (bar military) for the next 3 years, allowing them to gain a strong market share
I don't see how that would work? The markings will be painted on the extension and that is what all aircraft have to use.

'Thomson 821 please do not touch down in the touchdown markings as that section is owned by Emirates'.

Im personally calling BS on that story. Airlines do not own sections of the runway. They can pay for exclusive use of gates/stands, but not 'sections' of runway.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 11:55 PM   #13
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Personally I don't see the excitement of having a tunnel, what's the problem with a bendy road?

Bear in mind that the tunnel would have to be quite long to accommodate the parallel taxiway that will be running alongside the runway too plus takes the loads of a heavy aircraft touching down virtually on top of it.

I think something similar was done with the runway extension at Glasgow International Airport too, many years back - the A road diversion kind of curves around the end of it rather than tunnel beneath it.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 12:21 AM   #14
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Just looking at that image from above showing the new A45 diversion alignment making that ridiculous detour to avoid burrowing under the runway...just what was it that stopped them (Highways Agency) coming up with the more practical solution (as employed elsewhere in some other cities in the UK) of sinking the road into a cutting and then into a short tunnel beneath the extension instead?

They always seem to do things (road, rail etc) on the bloody cheap here in the Birmingham area don't they?

Okay ****ers - flame me again why don't you?
You really have no concept of Cost Benefit analysis do you? The benefits have to out weigh the additional costs. In this case they don't.

Oh and this has nothing to do with the Highways Agency as is not part of their network.
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It's relatively easy to divert the A45 around the runway at BHX.

Looking at other airports, the A658 runs under Leeds Bradford runway and the A538 runs under both runways at Manchester; in both cases it would have been considerably more expensive to divert these roads rather than tunnel under the runways.

As for diverting roads around rather than tunnelling, the A23 at Gatwick was diverted when the runway was re-constructed, the A79 at Prestwick was built to replace a road that crossed the extended runway, the A3044 at Heathrow was re-routed for the T5 build and the A38 at Bristol was diverted around the runway to cater for a better ILS system.

So BHX is hardly being tight for not tunnelling, in the same way MAN or LBA are not being tight for tunnelling rather than diverting...
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Tunnelling the A45 was the plan had the 150m 33 starter extension been constructed. The road would have then run under the runway end safety area. But this was going to cost the best part of another £60m
So, instead, the A45 has been put into a cutting, and the runway end safety area now starts between this and the extension.
Presumably the A45 can then still be 'slabbed' over if and when resources and need arise to add the 150m starter extension in the future

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The original A45 tunnel plan at BHX was never going beneath the runway - but beneath the taxi way between the proposed runways 1 and (longer) 2. The scrapping of a second runway plan, also saw the scrapping of the tunnel idea.
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Just looking at that image from above showing the new A45 diversion alignment making that ridiculous detour to avoid burrowing under the runway...just what was it that stopped them (Highways Agency) coming up with the more practical solution (as employed elsewhere in some other cities in the UK) of sinking the road into a cutting and then into a short tunnel beneath the extension instead?

They always seem to do things (road, rail etc) on the bloody cheap here in the Birmingham area don't they?


Okay ****ers - flame me again why don't you?
Yeah, why dont you ******* flame off
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Just ignore him. Replying only descends these threads into a slanging match.

He's had his say.

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Yeah, why dont you ******* flame off

God you are SO ******* predictable, and so antagonistic in your replies.

You need to take a chill pill yourself or go and have a good toss, get over yourself.

Other people can gripe and moan here but the way you ****ers go on it's as if I am the only one who's got it down to a specialised art. Well I haven't so if that's what you think, then more fool you, ****wit!!



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Just ignore him. Replying only descends these threads into a slanging match.

He's had his day.
Oh you really think so?

I'm the only one am I?

God, you're small minded, you really are!
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